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Laurelton man, 20, killed at his home

Teacher assistant and another man shot while attending weekend BBQ

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:53 am, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

Police are searching for the gunman who killed an aspiring college basketball player and wounded another man early Monday morning outside a Laurelton home on 137th Avenue.

Dowayne Henry, 20, was shot in the head and abdomen. He was pronounced dead at the scen,e according to police at the NYPD’s 105th Precinct.

Henry was a teaching assistant at the St. Martin de Porres Academy, a Catholic school in Elmont, LI. Published reports stated he also sold athletic shoes at Champs Sports, a chain that sells athletic footwear and sports apparel.

Police said they were summoned by a 911 call at approximately 2:36 a.m.

Henry and a 25-year-old man had been at a barbecue at Henry’s home when a man wearing a gray hoodie approached them and started shooting.

The other man was struck in the back and taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where he was reported in stable condition.

No motive for the shooting was released. No arrests had been made as of Tuesday night, and the investigation is continuing.

A Facebook page titled Rest in Paradise Dowayne Henry had more than 120 likes as of Tuesday evening, and contained photos, prayers and reminiscences from family members and friends.

Originally from Queens, Henry moved to Florida as a teenager and was a standout player at Coconut Creek High School, where he averaged 16.5 points and seven rebounds per game in his senior year.

The victim had attended the University of South Florida and Monroe College in the Bronx. Published reports said he was planning to transfer to York College.

Officials at St. Martin de Porres could not be reached for comment. But in his biography on the scholastic recruiting website beRecruited, Henry wrote of his love of working with children and serving the community.

“In my community I tend to help the young ones,” he wrote. “Athletes are often leaders on and off the field. In my eyes, my community will expand due to my drive and willingness to provide a better place of living for the young ones that surround me.

“My community is not the worst but could be better in various ways. ... The youth mean a lot to me simply because the older kids did a lot for me when I was coming up. That’s just the way of life. You give back to those who gave.”

The NYPD is asking that anyone with information on the gunman’s identity or his whereabouts call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public also can submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

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  • CleanUpJamaicaQueens posted at 7:28 am on Sat, May 31, 2014.

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    They might not have pulled the trigger that killed a promising young man in Jamaica, but Katz, Comrie, Smith, Meeks, Cook, Miller, Wills, Flake, Towry and other leaders of this community are just as responsible for not dealing with not only the violence in the Jamaica community that has taken several lives just this year, but for not addressing and coming up for permanent solutions for all of the quality of life issues in Jamaica that have gone on deaf ears for way too long and have festered this type of deadly environment. I mean you are all leader of this community in one way or another and many of you are elected officials put into office to serve and better this community yet none of you have proven to be leaders at all.

    For way too long the community of Jamaica has festered this type of criminal behavior because our quality of life issues are being totally ignored by our leaders who are refusing to step up to the plate and not just address these issues but put words into action and actually do something.

    When quality of life issues are ignored, they fester each and every day, week after week, year after year and during that time, crime rises. It is a well known fact that if quality of life issues go downhill and no one does anything about it (which is what is happening in Jamaica), crime will rise and rise and innocent lives like that of young Dowayne Henry and Daja Robinson will be lost and the cycle will repeat until our leaders have the balls to do the right thing. Garbage, vacant lots, abandoned building, graffiti, crime, shootings, killing, they are all connected.

    The Henry Family does not need some knucklehead politician like Comrie or Wills hugging them saying how sorry they are. The Henry Family, the Robinson Family, the Hamwi Family and others, want solutions, they want leaders to stand up and be leaders and do their fucking jobs. They want to know that their children can ride a bus without being shot, they want to know that their children can sit in front of their own house without being killed, they want to know that they can come home from school or work and not be killed a block from their home. Any less than that is an insult.

    So yes, Katz, Comrie, Meeks, Smith, Cook, Flake, Towry and other Jamaica leaders, you should all be put on trial for allowing a community to deteriorate while just standing by and doing nothing.