Brooklyn teen killed in the crossfire

December 3, 2008 8:26:00 PM PST
A teenager was caught in a crossfire of bullets and killed in Brooklyn. A steady flow of friends lit candles and wrote goodbye notes to 14-year-old Mario Smith on a cardboard box.

His friends can't make sense of death.

"They say God says it was his time to go. It was for a reason. What was that reason? Why is he gone? Why we not going to see him no more?" Torrae Weems said.

Witnesses say Smith was hanging out on Kingston Avenue when at least two shooters unleashed seven steady shots.

The seventh grader was caught in the crossfire right outside his Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment building just after 9:00 Tuesday night.

The P.S. 308 student was shot in the chest.

He was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital.

Detectives are questioning people in the neighborhood, but so far they have made no arrests.

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