Arrest has been made shooting death of 17-year-old basketball player Brandon Hendricks

Slain Bronx hoopster's last words revealed: 'Call my mom'

MORRIS HEIGHTS, Bronx (WABC) -- Police have arrested 22-year-old Najhim Luke in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Brandon Hendricks in the Bronx last week.


Hendricks was gunned down a week ago (June 28, 2020) in the Bronx. Police say he was an innocent bystander.

He graduated from high school just days ago and was on his way to college at St. John's.

Now the community ripped apart by COVID-19 and roiled by protest is molten with anger.

"We have to stand and bury one of our own because of one of our own, that's unacceptable and it's unsustainable," community activist Kirsten John Foy said.

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Eyewitness News spoke to the 17-year-old's uncle, Noel Ellison. He says it was a surreal day for the family.

According to Ellison, Hendricks' mother would often say "I gotta get him out of this neighborhood."

"You do all you can. You force the kid to get good grades. You treat him like he's on top of the world. And he's done everything we've asked for. And his reward should not be an early death," Ellison said.

Hendricks was a star on the hardwood, but more importantly, a star off the court too.

"It's been instilled in him since childhood that he had to go to college," Ellison said. "He knew that that was the goal, it was his responsibility to study hard and get the grades to do it. He's won a couple of basketball awards for being high in his academic stuff."
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