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PRINCIPAL PENS HEARTFELT LETTER ABOUT KIMANI GRAY

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Kimani Gray, 16, was killed by police after cops say he pulled out a gun. Gray was a student at the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction.
The principal of Kimani Gray’s Manhattan school conveyed deep sorrow at having lost the 16-year-old sophomore, who was fatally shot in Brooklyn by two NYPD cops.

“Our entire school community pours our heart out to Kimani Gray’s mother and family,” Matthew Willoughby, principal of the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, wrote in a heartfelt letter sent home to parents.

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Carol Gray, mother of Kimani Gray, 16, killed by police after he allegedly pulled a gun, talked about the lingering doubts about the police story.

“We miss Kimani as we know they do in an unimaginably painful way.”

Willoughby wrote that Kimani was committed academically – and traveled for more than an hour to get to the school, on W. 50th St.

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Sergeant Mourad Mourad was one of the police officers involved in the shooting death of Kimani Gray, 16, in East Flatbush on March 9, 2013.

“Kimani made great strides this year academically,” the letter read. “He was taking an extra English class after school; he was writing a dramatic dialogue in another English class; his group in Design class was working on a project to design a school.

“Now they are working to complete the project without him,” he added.
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Letter about Kimani Gray from Matthew Willoughby, principal of the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction.

While the school community was saddened by the shooting, which happened on March 9, Kimani’s death also incited mass riots in Brooklyn for three straight nights. The street battles that ensued resulted in nearly 50 arrests.

Cops have said the East Flatbush teen was a member of the Bloods street gang.

But instead of focusing on the negative aspects, Willoughby encouraged students and staff to remember Kimani “for all of who he was – an energetic, kind, playful, independent young man who was trying to learn and grow one day at a time.”

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5 Responses to PRINCIPAL PENS HEARTFELT LETTER ABOUT KIMANI GRAY

  • sweet says:

    THANK GOD FOR HIS PRINCIPLE, AFTER READING ALL OF THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT THIS YOUNG MAN’S LIFE AND NOT MANY POSITIVE THOUGHTS TOWARDS HIM. TO HAVE HIS PRINCIPLE WRITE THIS LETTER EXPOUNDING THE POSITIVE ACADEMIC GOALS OF THIS CHILD ENLIGHTENS MY HEART. WE MUST NEVER GIVE UP ON OUR YOUNG ESPECIALLY BLACK YOUTHS. THEY ARE ALREADY BORN WITH THE DISADVANTAGE OF BEING BLACK AND MALE. AND PEOPLE EXPECT THEM TO FAIL. BUT WE AS A SOCIETY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO WHEN WE SEE THEM GOING ASTRAY TO TAKE THE TIME AND EFFORT TO TRY TO SET THEM BACK ON THE RIGHT PATH. WE HAVE LONG FORGOTTEN THAT IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE CHILDREN. THE SUPPORT GROUPS THE CAUCASIAN YOUTHS HAVE WE UNFORTUNATELY DO NOT HAVE IT. THERE IS A WOMAN IN CHICAGO HER NAME ESCAPES ME AT THE MOMENT WHO GREW SO TIRED OF ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE KILLING EACH OTHER. TURNED HER OWN HOME INTO A SAFE HAVEN FOR CHILDREN TO COME TO AFTER SCHOOL, EVENTUALLY SHE WAS ABLE TO SECURE FUNDS TO BUY A BUILDING WHERE OVER 100 YOUTHS COME IN THE EVENINGS AND HAVE TURNED THEIR LIVES AROUND NO LONGER GANG BANGING. I HAVE SEEN WHERE CRIPS AND BLOODS COME TOGETHER AND PLAY AGAINST EACH OTHER IN A NIGHT TIME BASKETBALL LEAGUE, GANG MEMBERS WHO HAVE SHOT AT EACH OTHER AND NOW PLAYING BASKETBALL TOGETHER, AND SINCE THEY STARTED THE LEAGUE HAVE STOPPED SHOOTING AT EACH OTHER AND EVEN HAILING EACH OTHER OUTSIDE OF THE BASKETBALL COURTS. WHITE PEOPLE DO NOT GIVE UP ON THEIR YOUNG AND WE SHOULD NOT EITHER. WE NEVER KNOW WHICH ONE OF US WILL GET THROUGH TO A YOUTH… RIP KIMANI..

  • Observer says:

    50 arrests in a span of 3 nights a hope unnuh tek heed n duh dis di right way caw deres enuff slams fi police tek unnuh fling unnuh

  • Bze says:

    This is a very complex situation. My grandma always said “don’t give them nothing to talk about”. why was he targeted. Cops are also adults and they are also trained to id things out of place. It can be said that the Cops over-reachted, but imagine for a minute, what if this kid had a killer instinct, along with his gun. It’s better to be safe than sorry is a true saying & that goes for all persons/people/cops. The kid may not had intentions to kill anyone but he put himself in the position of someone that could have killed.

  • Sheryl says:

    @ BZE were you there? NO then shut up! You know if the kid had a gun! dumb azz!

  • Taliban says:

    Shut di hell up BZE, it look like u not following the whole story, u just a chat true chat sake :hammer

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