|Scene of the incident|
A father went outside looking for his teen son after he didn’t come home one night, only to find him laying dead in the park.
When his 14-year-old son did not return home after going out to play tennis at a local park, the concerned father of Bronx, New York, went out looking for him.
What he found was a horror beyond belief. He found his young son dead on the floor, a tennis racquet in his hand and a bullet hole in his head.
"My heart dropped," a disconsolate Cassell Brooks said on Friday, hours after discovering the body of his son Kemar in Haffen Park. "Why him?" He asked.
Police had no easy answers for the family.
Shell casings from a .380 caliber pistol were on the basketball court, not far from where the body was found, but it was unclear if he was the target or a victim of a stray bullet.
Relatives said the young athlete, who moved to New York from Jamaica two years ago, was a good student, who went to Sunday school in the Gospel Church of Jesus Christ Academy.
"He was the best kid you could ask for," said his father. "He had a bright future," he said.
He said the last time that he saw his son was on Thursday night, when he gave him some money to go out and play tennis, which was his obsession.
The father waited until after midnight for Kemar to return, then, he went to bed reluctantly. He said that he
woke up at 3:00 a.m. and realized that his son was not home yet, so he went out looking for him.
He walked the northeast perimeter of the park hoping to spot him, but had no luck. So he went home, but after about two hours he went out again.
This time, he entered the park and headed to the tennis courts, and found a scene that no parent could see.
"His face was sideways on the ground," said Brooks, 50, a furniture manufacturer.