Teenager fatally shot in case of mistaken identity in the Bronx

MOTT HAVEN, Bronx (WABC) -- Friends, family and a community in mourning are remembering the life of a young man who was killed in a shooting in the Bronx.

Police believe he was not the intended target.

Joseph Jimenez, 19, was shot a block from his home in what police call a case of mistaken identity.

Police say he was walking home from his long-time girlfriend's home on Saturday night at about 11:30 when he was shot in the head on the corner of Walton Avenue and Rockwood Street in the Mott Haven section. He was wearing headphones at the time.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"Why, why, why! My son didn't do nothing to no one!" said Mindy Jimnes, the victim's mother.

There is a growing memorial outside the building where Jimenez lived with his brother and sister on Hawkstone Street.

"May God forgive why you did it. My son was a saint," Mindy said.

Jimenez was a sophomore at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, and a high school basketball star known to his friends and his coach as J.J.

"He was just full of life, always with a smile," a friend of the victim said.

Another man, a 22-year-old, was also shot and walked into the emergency room at Bronx Lebanon Hospital. He is in stable condition.

Police have no suspects. null
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