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A 16-year-old Nigerian boy playing basketball at a Brooklyn park was fatally shot in the head last Friday.

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Timothy Oyebola lived in Jamaica, Queens and attended Brooklyn Ascend HS. Police said he was likely not the intended target.
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He was in the Chester Playground in Brownsville at 4 p.m. when he was gunned down.
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Police found two bullets casing in the park and believe the suspects fired shots 100 feet away from the basketball courts where Timothy was playing.
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“As they were playing, shots were fired into the park. The shots were fired quite a distance away — over 100 feet,” said NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper.
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“He was a really, really good good, ” Kemper added. “This is a very unfortunate act. There is a strong possibility he was not the intended target”
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The high-achieving academic teen and his sister came to the US from Lagos in 2013. He was his parents only son.
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“My son was a calm, quiet, obedient child,” the teen’s grieving dad, David Oyebola said.
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“He’s intelligent. He loved sports and basketball. Very ambitious. He’s a boy who had a brighter future. He was constantly going for what he wanted to do in life. He wanted to become a doctor or an engineer.”
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David said his son was set to be recognised for his academic achievement at Columbia University.
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“They expect him there on November 10 but I m going to be there for him” he said.
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The community gathered for a prayer vigil in Oyebola’s memory on Saturday night.
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“I just need an answer, I just need an answer, ” David said.

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