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Summer night ends in death for teen

June 22, 2005

Albany-- A 14-year-old boy was gunned down in front of his home shortly after midnight. Now police are searching for an 18-year-old murder suspect, who they consider to be armed and dangerous.

About 12:30 Wednesday morning gunshots rang out in the 1400 block of Avalon Avenue. The victim's uncle Robert McCoy said, "When I was lying in the bed, I heard four shots."

Family members rushed out to find 14-year-old Hakeem Kendrick dead from a gun shot to the head. The victim's great-Grandmother Carrie Kendrick said, "Sure, there be my baby lying out there in the road. In a puddle of blood."

The family says Hakeem Kendrick attended Robert Cross Middle School, and was a typical teenager. His great Grandmother was raising him, because both his parents are in prison.

Carrie Kendrick said "He was a good child. When he was out there in the street, I don't know how he is out there in the street. But when he's home he's all right."

His uncle said Hakeem Kendrick had spent part of the evening sitting on his porch with 18-year-old Ronald King. Now Police are looking for King as a suspect in the murder. King lives three blocks away from the victim on Lincoln Avenue.

McCoy said, "I think it was gang related stuff. I believe that's what it was."

Investigators still have no motive in the murder, but Albany Police Lt. Tracey Barnes said, "We don't have any information right now that would indicate it was gang affiliated incident."

So far investigators say they have no idea why Hakeem was shot in his front yard. But they say they consider King armed and dangerous, as they search for him.

Kendrick said "I hope they get him this morning, and give him some of those too. Let him see how it feel."

Police warn that if anyone is hiding King, they will also be charged with a crime.

Kendrick was in his own yard before the shooting, but police want to remind parents that there is a curfew in the city of Albany. Children are to be home before 11:00 PM on weekdays, and midnight on weekends.

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