In May 2010, two men barged into a high-school graduation party on 147th Avenue and 176th Street in Springfield Gardens, Queens, and started a fight. Within minutes, 17-year-old Kendrick Ali Morrow, Jr., a popular student with a scholarship from St. John’s University for the following school year, was shot dead. The motive and murderer are still unknown.
“Even though last month would have been Kendrick’s 25th birthday, he will always be 17 to me because he did not have the chance to live the bright life that we all dreamt for him,” said Shenee Johnson, the victim’s mother. She said that her son couldn’t wait to start university and had dreams of becoming an attorney. “And I’m his voice now.”