Updated 08/31/2012 04:33 PM
Funeral For 13-Year-Old Gunned Down In Brownsville
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Funeral services were held Friday for a 13-year-old boy shot and killed last week on a Brooklyn street corner.
Mourners gathered at the Universal Temple Church of God in Prospect Heights to remember Ronald Wallace.
He was shot and killed last Friday morning in Brownsville.
Sources say Wallace and some friends got into an argument with another group of people.
When gunshots were fired, Wallace was hit in the back.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Mourners say Wallace was a bright child with a promising future.
"You don't stay strong. I'll always miss him. He will always be with me. He's my boy. I had my daughter so she could have him," said Wallace's grandmother, Donna Orr.
"I'm looking at all these students or young people that are in this building now and who's going to be the next funeral that I would have to attend," said PS/IS 323 Assistant Principal Al Bonds. "Kids are coming back to school. But now, in this first month, we're going to have to talk to them about their grief and understand how do deal with that in this time."
Ronald was described as a good kid who loved basketball and played well.
"He could have went to the highest levels based off of his hard work," said Kareem McQuilkin, the coach of the Canarsie Blue Devils. "And his personality was just impeccable. So the sky was the limit for him, not just in basketball, but in life."
Community advocates said this is another sad reminder that everyone has to get involved with trying to stop the violence.
"This is an epidemic," said Erica Ford of Life Camp Incorporated. "This is a public health issue. Our people are sick. When you would pick up a gun at 13, 14, 15 years old and shoot each other, you are sick."
Police have released a picture of the suspect, identified as Akbar Johns, 17, pictured above.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.