Bullet that killed basketball-playing Queens teen came from hundreds of feet away, cops say

Bullet that killed basketball-playing Queens teen came from hundreds of feet away, cops say


The bullet that killed a talented 14-year-old athlete may have traveled hundreds of feet through a Queens housing development before hitting him in the neck as he played basketball, police sources said Sunday  Investigators believe Aamir Griffin was hit by a bullet fired from around 300 feet away making it unlikely he was the killer’s intended target, sources said Advertisement  Aamir, a Cardozo High School freshman, was shooting hoops in the court behind 116-80 Guy R Brewer Blvd., in the Baisley Park Houses in South Jamaica when he was struck around 8 pm Saturday.  Cops believed the fatal bullet was among several fired near the intersection of Foch Blvd and Long St., a football field’s length from the basketball court.  Soon after they responded to the shooting Saturday night, police took a person of interest into custody But no one has been charged, and cops on Sunday released video of two men sought for questioning  Aamir’s family and friends remembered him Sunday as a force to be reckoned with on the court  Among those impressed with his playing was Benjamin Cardozo High School coach Ron Naclerio — who, in a twist, competed against Aamir’s dad, Ordell Welles, who played basketball for Andrew Jackson High School  Naclerio recounted a moment on a bus trip to a summer basketball event when Aamir tapped him on the shoulder and said his dad wanted to speak with him  “He (Aamir’s father) says ‘Naclerio, I played for Jackson. Coach, take good care of my son My son is going to Cardozo next year.’ I say, ‘He looks about 11 or 12.’ He says ‘No he’s going to Cardozo, he’s 13 ’”  Naclerio said he made sure Aamir was put into a summer basketball program. “He’s a good basketball player — there’s some toughness from his street,” the coach recalled  “He was a little quiet because around me he was nervous of me, because I’m so demanding We’d work on his weak spots. The left hand, or jump shots. He was always asking questions ”  He added, “The sad thing, I saw him freshman year being the type who wanted to work hard And unfortunately, this happened.”  Aamir’s cousin, Tayon Goring, 19, said his young relative had a dream, and practiced every day to improve Police released this video of two persons of interest wanted in Aamir Griffin’s slaying  “All it does is show you how unruly people can be,” Goring said of the killing “But what would you rather do? Shoot somebody, spend 15 to life in jail? Or just play basketball?”  Aamir wanted to play in the NBA, his cousin said “His exact words were, ‘If I can’t be a point guard, I wanna be a power forward. Some type of position that always maintained the ball ’” Aamir’s family is devastated, and his mother hasn’t eaten since his death, relatives said Advertisement  “All we can do is stay strong for the sake of my auntie. She’s not doing too good,” said Scott Evans, 22, an uncle of Aamir  Cops ask anyone with information about the shooter to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS

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