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Brooklyn Boy, 13, Dies After Being Shot in Back

Ronald Wallace Jr. was shot once in the back at the corner of Tapscott Street and Blake Avenue in Brownsville, according to police

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    Police say a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed in Brooklyn early Friday.      

    Ronald Wallace Jr. was shot once in the back at the corner of Tapscott Street and Blake Avenue in Brownsville shortly before 1 a.m. He died on the way to the hospital, police said.

    Wallace's devastated family told NBC 4 New York the aspiring basketball player was on his way to the store when he was shot and they have no idea who is responsible.

    Wallace was set to enter high school in the fall.

    "My son was a good kid, wasn't involved in gang stuff," his grief-stricken mother Tiffany Orr said. "That didn't deserve to happen to him, too much violence going on. That was my baby."

    Wallace's little brother, Raquan, called the shooting "crazy" and said he would ensure Ronald's legacy lived on.

    "Now I have to follow in his dreams, be what he wanted to be," Raquan Wallace said.

    The boy's father, wearing his son's basketball jersey and holding a recently earned trophy in his hand, said he hoped the killer would spend life in jail.

    Police said a black revolver was recovered at the scene, police said.

    No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.

    Brownsville has been plagued by violence this summer. Most recently, a 15-year-old boy was arrested in a shooting that wounded four other teenagers on a playground.

    Earlier this month, another drive-by gunman opened fire on a group near Chester Street and Riverdale Avenue, wounding five people, including a toddler.

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