Crowds form outside of wake of 16-year-old shot and killed by NYPD

Posted at 12:34 PM, Mar 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-23 12:34:29-04

BROOKLYN, NY (PIX 11) – Kimani Gray’s older brother, Shawn Williams – spoke to PIX11 in spurts Friday evening as he and the rest of an impatient crowd tried unsuccessfully to enter what was already a jam packed hall inside the Caribe Funeral Home.

The wake for Kimani Gray – spanned six hours, from 4 to 10pm.

Police fatally shot the 16-year old on an East Flatbush intersection when investigators say he pulled a gun on responding officers.

On this night – the debate over what exactly happened before the shots were fired, and conflicting information over Kimani’s character were put on hold toward a larger goal.

 “I wish we would humble ourselves, we get a chance, one a time, to see Kimani of course”, Brooklyn resident Quincy Jones told Pix11’s Jay Dow.

Everyone in this crowd, regardless of whether they knew the young man personally or not – just wanted a chance to pay their respects and in some cases be a part of what deteriorated into a rowdy spectacle.