Published On: April 9, 20246.5 min read143 words

Najhim Luke Gets 25 Years for Fatally Shooting Rising Basketball Star Brandon Hendricks in Crossfire

Norwood News

The article discusses the tragic shooting of Brandon Hendricks, a 17-year-old rising basketball star and academic standout from The Bronx, who was fatally hit by a stray bullet during a barbecue on June 28, 2020. The shooter, Najhim Luke, 26, was sentenced to 25 years in prison and five years post-release supervision for first-degree manslaughter, with his sentences for this charge and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon to run concurrently. The sentencing was announced by Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark, who praised Brandon’s mother for her advocacy against gun violence following her son’s death. The article also highlights the efforts of the Oyate Group, a Bronx-based nonprofit, which has established a $20,000 scholarship in Hendricks’s name to support college-bound high school students from The Bronx, aiming to provide opportunities that Brandon was denied due to his untimely death.

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