A parent’s worst dream came to fruition yesterday as a Bronx man found his 14 year old son murdered in a park with his tennis racket gripped in his lifeless hand. 

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Cassell Brooks gave his son Kemar some money Thursday afternoon to go out and play tennis in Haffen Park near the family’s Bronx home. He waited up for the child until well after midnight when he began to get worried and went out to look for his son, but didn’t find him.

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Two hours later, he went out again and rushed into the park, where he spotted his son’s lifeless body.

Brooks explained the scene to the police saying: 

“His face was sideways on the ground. I saw some blood coming out of his nostril. My heart dropped. He was lying on his side with the racket in his hand.”

Police said Kemar had head trauma and may have been shot. Shell casings were found on a nearby basketball court.

According to the New York Daily News, witnesses told cops they saw the teen playing tennis until about 8 p.m., but it’s not known what happened between then and when his father found him.

Brooks said there was nothing in his son’s life that would suggest it would end violently.

No arrests have been made and there are no leads in the case. Kamar was just 14. 

SOURCE: New York Daily News


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