Boy, 14, Shot to Death on Brooklyn Street

"My son has no enemies," mother says.

By Tracie Strahan
|  Thursday, Jun 2, 2011  |  Updated 11:58 AM EDT
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The NYPD says Tyrek O'Hara-Morris was shot in the head around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Crown Heights.

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Police are searching for the person who shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a Brooklyn street.      

The NYPD says Tyrek O'Hara-Morris was shot in the head around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Crown Heights. Officers responding to a call of shots fired near Park Place discovered his body.      

O'Hara-Morris, a student at Automotive High School in Williamsburg, was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The boy had a few previous run-ins with police for fighting, but his mother could not believe her smiling child would have enemies that would have shot and killed him.

“My son has no enemies. He has no enemies. He’s a regular 14-year-old who lives with me – his mom – and his siblings. And we have a pretty decent life, you know,” Althea O'Hara, Tyrek's mother, told NBC New York.

Still, police are reportedly checking to see if the shooting was the result of a dispute that erupted between Tyrek and another person.

The victim's mother says she won't stop seeking justice until she has answers as well.

"I just want some closure. I’ve heard about [violence in the neighborhood], I’ve never actually never been this close to it, you know what I mean? It just hit home now, because it happened to me, my son,” said O'Hara.

"Please turn yourself in," she pleaded with her boy's killer, "because my son's blood is not going to go in vain because I won't stop. I need closure."

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