Relatives and friends placed a cardboard box filled with prayer candles outside the bodega where a 27-year-old Queensbridge Houses native was shot and killed on Feb. 2.
On the box individuals wrote “love you” and “to my baby brother, you know we are gon to ball more.”
Francisco Leal, who had moved to Manhattan, was leaving the store on 21 Street and 41 Avenue at 9:40 p.m. when a suspect shot him once in the chest, according to police.
Raymond Normandeau, a resident of the Queensbridge Houses, said police officers patrolled the complexes after the murder looking for the suspect in the hallways, but found no one.
The police department released surveillance footage showing two people in dark clothes and hooded sweatshirts fleeing the murder scene. The investigation is on-going and no suspect has been charged.
Family members told the New York Post that on the night of the shooting, Leal took out a bottle to defend himself, but to no use.
He was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The New York Post reported that Leal worked with FEMA to help clean up after Hurricane Sandy and also performed as a rapper.
“I’m not supposed to bury my child at the age of 27, a month shy of his 28th birthday, because of the guns of New York. It needs to stop,” the post quoted his mother Milagros Ortega saying.
His relatives said they did not know why Leal was a target in this crime.