The family of 13-year-old Ronald Wallace III, who was shot and killed in Brownsville, Brooklyn, is struggling to collect enough money for his funeral costs.
Last Friday Wallace was hanging out with friends when a gunman opened fire, killing the boy with a single shot to the back.
According to the New York Daily News:
Now Wallace's family is struggling to come up with $9,000 to bury the budding basketball star.
“We’re out here scrambling and looking for anyone that could lend us a hand,” said the teen’s father Ronald Wallace Jr. as he sobbed. “Anything would help us. Anything.”
The family was given $6,000 by the city to cover funeral costs, but Wallace Jr. said it’s not enough.
“We weren't expecting something like this,” said Wallace Jr. “My son didn’t mess with anyone. He was a good kid and he got good grades. All he did was play basketball.”
The teen was on his way to a nearby McDonald’s with his older brother Kyseen, 15, and a group of friends for a late night snack on Friday. The alleged gunman, Akbar Johns, 17, greeted the boys as he passed. When he was a safe distance away, Johns turned and fired his gun.
Wallace III - who lived just a block away - tried to run but he was felled by a bullet that tore through his back, police said.
Wallace was set to start his freshman year at Richmond Hill High School in Queens after the school recruited the teen to play basketball.
Police are still investigating the shooting death. If you would like to help out in anyway, contact Wallace's mother Tiffany at email@example.com