Updated 01/31/2013 09:49 PM
Mother Of Teen Gunned Down On LES Street Speaks Out
The mother of a 16-year-old killed on the Lower East Side is talking about the night her son was shot and hoping to rally the community against violence. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
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Arlene Delgado remembers seeing her 16-year-old son, Raphael Ward, in the elevator of their building just before he was shot and killed.
"Not even a half an hour later, I get the phone call," she said. "But that's what I remember about that night. Him telling me, his last words to me were 'I love you.'"
That was January 4. Police released surveillance video of four men inside a shop near the corner of Columbia and Rivington where Ward was shot. They said the shooting may have been result over a dispute involving Ward's jacket.
Police arrested Timothy Montalvo, 16, in the case. He’s charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
Police are still searching for others they believe were involved.
Delgado's reason for coming forward now is simple. She said there's been enough violence.
"I'm speaking out because I want it to end," she said.
On Thursday evening, she joined community leaders at rally and march to denounce violence.
"It's going to take a lot of people to end this violence," said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. "It's going to take elected officials, but it's also going to take parents, and grandparents, and everyone in the neighborhood."
Raphael Ward’s friends, many of whom called him by his middle name, Sadonte, were also there to show their support for the message.
"To stop violence. We want to Sadonte to rest in peace," said one friend.
"He was like my son, my friend's son, my nephew, and I want them to stop the gun violence," said another. "It doesn't only affect us in the Lower East Side. It affects Upper Manhattan, the Bronx. It's all over."
Delgado said it will take an entire community effort to help reign in violence and prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future.
"They say it takes a village, right?" she said. "So our village has to pull together. You have to be more involved."