Emotions ran high Friday night as a community gathered to mourn the shooting death of a 1-year-old boy on the same day that two men believed to be connected to the shooting were arrested in Pennsylvania. NY1's Polly Kreisman filed the following report.
The two suspects in the shooting death of 16-month-old Antiq Hennis were captured Friday in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. after an early-morning raid on a housing project there by New York City police detectives and U.S. Marshals.
Daquan Breland, 23, is on parole after serving two years upstate on felony assault. The other suspect is 19-year-old Daquan Wright.
"At least one eyewitness to the tragic shooting on Sunday has identified Daquan Breland as the shooter and told police that Daquan Wright handed the gun to Breland, who then pulled the trigger," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "We believe that both of these men are known to the father of Antiq Hennis, that is, Anthony Hennis."
Antiq's father has refused to speak to police about Sunday's crime or his relationship to the gunmen.
The child was shot as he was being pushed in his stroller by his father across Livonia Avenue in Brownsville last Sunday.
Hours after the suspects appeared for a Pennsylvania extradition hearing, friends and family of the 1-year-old gathered at a funeral home in Brooklyn for Antiq's wake and funeral.
"Antiq was a big boy," said Yvette Telfair-Clay, a friend of the family. "He looked like a big boy in that casket. He looked like a big boy. Very handsome and very, he looked like he's sleeping."
Those that gathered had little to say about what caused this tragedy.
"Kids with guns. Not men with fists. Kids with guns," Telfair-Clay said. "Men fight. Boys shoot. That's all I can say."
Detectives will question the suspects in Brooklyn and continue to press Antiq's father, the probable target of the gunman, in an attempt to find some answers.