Wednesday, July 29, 2009

2-year-old Brooklyn boy watches father get gunned down in front of him

From the Daily News by BY Barry Paddock and Brian Kates:
A 2-year-old boy was splattered with his father's blood, but survived unharmed after the dad was killed in a spray of bullets in Brooklyn.

Kester LaRoc, 29, was bringing his son, Kessai, home from day care just before 10 p.m. Tuesday when the bullets started flying.
LaRoc was fatally wounded and a 36-year-old friend was shot in the thigh.
"He was a good dad," said LaRoc's devastated girlfriend, Siekena Myrie, little Kessai in her lap. "He spent time with his son, picked him up from day care, watched him. A very loving person."
Relatives heard the crack of gunfire and ran outside. They found the terrified boy covered in blood. The bullets missed him. LaRoc, a father of four, was found near the back of the house - apparently running off in a desperate attempt to escape the gunfire.
Police said LaRoc was shot in the torso and died at the scene on E. 52nd St. in Flatbush. The dad's unidentified friend was in stable condition Wednesday at Brookdale University Hospital.
LaRoc's relatives said the Brooklyn man was unemployed. They had no idea who would want to hurt him or why. Besides Kessai, he leaves behind three young daughters. He had lived in the apartment with family since he moved to the city from Guyana at age 5.

The victim's mother, Monica LaRoc, had just visited her son and was about to board a plane Tuesday night. Her family called her. She left the airport and returned to her grieving.

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