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Friends Mourn Two Men Shot Dead in Manhattan

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Two men died in a shooting in Manhattan early Sunday morning. Now, neighbors and friends are trying to come to grips with what happened. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.

Hamilton Heights residents stood on Broadway Sunday with tears in their eyes—over the deaths of 21 year-old Kenny Jimenez, and 29 year-old Francisco Mercedes.

"They just don't deserve to die, not like that, so young," said Anthony Hairston, a family friend of the victims.

One man who says he's a lifelong friend didn't want to give his name, but says he was talking to both men when shots rang out.

"I was facing the street. It was from behind me. They died right in front of me," he said. "I try to do the most I can I try to flip him over so he could breathe. "

Investigators say around 3 a.m. Sunday, a White Sedan drove up to Broadway, near 151st Street.

A man got out and opened fire, shooting Jimenez in the neck and Mercedes in the back.

Friends say Mercedes had ambitions of making it as a rapper.

"He was trying to get out of here, get out the neighborhood. It's a rough neighborhood," one friend said.

"Those are my brothers. I love them to death. I was with them last night and there's no words for it," one friend said.

Friends say Jimenez was always laughing, and Saturday night was no different.

"He was like, 'Come on, share these french fries—french fries with hot wings, come on.' He give me some. He gave me some. I gave him a kiss—literally, I gave him a kiss," the same friend said.

Anthony Hairston is a family friend with four boys of his own.

"Sad day in the neighborhood. I just left from Kenny's families house, and everybody is torn apart right now," Hairston said.

People in the neighborhood are leaving tributes where the shooting happened, saying there are too many incidents like this one.

"It's been a lot going on in this neighborhood. Harlem's been on fire and it's sad. It's sad. Too many lives being lost," Hairston said. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP