4-year-old Lloyd Morgan Jr was laid to rest Wednesday night at the Mt. Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem, two weeks after he was shot and killed on a South Bronx basketball court.
The Rev. Al Sharpton presided over the funeral and expressed his anger regarding the current wave of gun violence that has plagued New York City this summer.
"I'm angry at myself and all of us, 'cause it shouldn't have gotten to this…This is not about the blame game no more. This is about all of those who will stand up and take responsibility for our part in making sure our babies grow up."
Hundreds of family, friends and community leaders gathered in the church Wednesday for his funeral.
Lloyd's mother, Shianne Norman, couldn’t hold back the tears as she yelled:
"This is, I hope, the worst I ever feel in my life…Please don't tell me my son is in a better place. Though it's true, I wanted him to be with me…Don't tell me to be thankful for the time I had, because I want more."
Two teens, Rondell Pinkerton, 17, and Ronald Jeffery, 19, have been charged with Lloyd's murder and the attempted murder of two more injured during the shooting.
Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed his condolences to Lloyd's family:
"Four years old, life snuffed out -- there's not a lot else to say…We all know about the scourge of guns on our streets," he said.
In NYC homicides are down 15 percent citywide, but shootings have increased 12.1 percent through July 8, compared to the same time last year.
The gun violence in NYC has risen in the past year, especially this summer as countless shootings have been reported.