Bronx avenue renamed for slain H.S. basketball star on 19th birthday

MORRISANIA, the Bronx — The mother and father, academics and coaches of a Bronx substantial faculty basketball star who was fatally shot last yr compensated tribute to the slain teenager on his 19th birthday Wednesday.

Bronx borough president applicant and Metropolis Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson renamed the corner of East 156th Street and Park Avenue Brandon Hendricks-Ellison Boulevard.

“Happy birthday, Brandon,” his mom, Eve, yelled to the sky.

Hendricks-Ellison’s demise, just days ahead of his 18th birthday, has been in particular painful for a Bronx community scarred by gun violence.

He had just graduated from Metropolitan Soundview Constitution College, just after actively playing basketball for James Madison Substantial Faculty — found on the exact campus — and gained a whole athletics scholarship to a local community faculty in California.

Hendricks-Ellison was attending a birthday barbecue in the Bronx for his pal on June 28, 2020, when gunfire broke out. He was hit by a bullet that wasn’t intended for him, according to police.

His past terms to a close friend: “Make certain you phone my mom.”

The suspected shooter, Najhim Luke, was charged with murder on July 6, 2020.

Bronx District Legal professional Darcel Clark, who joined NYPD officers at Wednesday’s ceremony, said, “It’s my job to get justice for Brandon.”

Given that the teen’s death, his mother and two sisters have led marches towards gun violence alongside with his uncle, Noel Ellison.

“Brandon was taught to make his individual selections,” Ellison explained to a massive group at the road renaming ceremony prior to turning his notice to the youth in attendance. “The issue I ask you: What form of environment do you want to live in?”

Ellison called his nephew one of the “bright lights” in his family members, as lecturers and coaches pointed out that Hendricks-Ellison taken care of an educational typical of 85 to 90. He tutored his peers in faculty, volunteered at a local senior heart and served as a camp counselor.

“Live like 5!” Gibson frequently exhorted the crowd, referring to the No. 5 jersey that Hendricks-Ellison wore on the James Madison basketball crew.

Two motor vehicles parked at the ceremony referred to the Bronx anti-gun initiatives that have been ramped up.

One particular van confirmed a picture of a very little boy with the line, “Don’t shoot. I want to improve up.”

Eve Hendricks recalled how unique her son was, remembering how he comforted her when they shed their residence when he was just 6 yrs outdated. The loved ones moved to the Morrisania Properties, where by lifestyle was far more tricky.

“‘It’s not in which you dwell. It is who you are,’” Eve Hendricks recalled her son had told her.