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Fatal shooting in SoHo: Family says Makhai Brown, 16, killed in Manhattan, was breaking up fight when he was shot

EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (WABC) — The family of a 16-year-old boy killed in SoHo last week said he was breaking up a fight when he was shot.

Loved ones remembered 16-year-old shooting victim Makhai Brown Wednesday night and pleaded for an end to gun violence.

Brown was an outstanding high school senior and basketball player who was already talking about playing college ball.

“I watched him since he was little, changed his Pampers as he became a gentleman, loved school, loved sports,” said his aunt, Fatima Brown.

But last week, after leaving the high school he attended in SoHo, he was breaking up an argument between two other people when someone pulled out a gun and shot him in the head. .

“That’s exactly who he is. He’s a loyal person. It’s just something that’s been instilled in him,” said his father, Maurice Brown.

On Wednesday, community leaders in East Flatbush, where Brown lived, held a vigil for him and some implored the community to help end gun violence in the city.

“This is New York. There’s nothing really safe here, brother. Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Coney Island, Staten Island. It’s everywhere,” Maurice Brown said.

So far there have been no arrests.

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