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Family & Classmates Grieve at the Funeral of Boy, 10, Who Was Killed Days before His Graduation

Afouda Bamidele
Jun 22, 2021
04:50 P.M.
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Family and friends in Queens Borough paid a final farewell to a preteen boy who lost his life during a domestic altercation among adults in the neighborhood.


Justin Wallace was a preteen boy who was to graduate into middle school, but that dream would never be actualized. Justin's life was cut short during a domestic issue that quickly aggravated.

The youngster was said to have had a fun-filled day at the beach and was also at a family barbecue. He and his 29-year-old uncle witnessed an altercation over parking spaces among some neighbors.

A photo of a police line to keep people away from a scene | Photo: Shutterstock


While the youngster and his uncle were around their home in Far Rockaway, the pair was shot. Wallace's uncle took bullets to one of his shoulders, and the little boy took the hit to his stomach.

Wallace was shot in his torso as the bullet hit his left lung and his heart. He and his uncle were taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The uncle survived the ordeal.


Officers were alerted to the situation, and so far, investigations have led to the arrest of Jovan Young. He was apprehended three days after the incident on the day of Wallace's 11th birthday.

A family in Kansas City had a hard time coming to terms with the death of their five-year-old family member, Ali.


Astram Lochan, a 26-year-old, was also taken into police custody. During a search, Lochan was found in possession of guns. He was said to have been involved in the parking altercation.

The Police's account of the incident stated that the gunman drove up to Wallace's home and pulled the trigger, firing at him and his uncle. The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has since weighed in on the issue.

A photo of a police officer making an arrest | Photo: Shutterstock


Bill made it known that he had visited the little boy's family and described the situation as "the most painful thing." He also vowed that justice would be served.

The family of the deceased and well-wishers gathered at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church to share farewell tributes. The late fifth-grader was also honored by his classmates, who recited the school's pledge.


Wallace's body was carried in a youth-sized casket with the things that he loved. The young boy loved maths and Fortnite, and a side of the white casket was painted with a mathematical equation.

His bereaved father shared that he was with Wallace on the night of the shooting. He relayed that he was always protective of his son, and now the boy was no more.

In another story, a family in Kansas City had a hard time coming to terms with the death of their five-year-old family member, Ali, two weeks ago. The youngster was hit by a car while he crossed the street.

Ali, described as a goofy and loving little boy, was taken to the hospital, where he fought to stay alive. However, his brain was too damaged, and he later died.


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