Nicholas Heyward Sr. speaks to the crowd gathered at a day of remembrance held in Boerum Hill to honor his late son who was shot and killed while playing with a toy gun.

21 Years Later, Father Still Grieves Son’s Shooting by NY Police

NEW YORK — It was supposed to be just fun and games on that dreary, rainy September day 21 years ago. But child’s play in that stairwell quickly turned deadly when a shot was fired, with 13-year-old Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. the bullet’s target.

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Poem by M., a 17-year-old ward of the court in Los Angeles' Central Juvenile Hall.