PICTURED: College basketball player, 21, who was killed in Harlem shooting at Juneteenth ‘barbecue gathering’ as violent crime skyrockets in NYC
- Darius Lee, 21, was killed at a gathering early Monday morning in Harlem
- Lee was one of nine victims shot while attending a barbecue on the streets
- The 21-year-old was a basketball star attending Houston Baptist University in Texas. He was on track to graduate in December with his bachelor’s degree
- The other eight victims shot are in stable condition
A 21-year-old college basketball player with a ‘bright future’ was killed at a Harlem gathering early Monday morning.
Darius Lee was shot in the chest and announced dead at a local hospital after gunshots were reported around 12.35am at the intersection of East 139th Street and Fifth Ave in Harlem.
The college student was among nine people shot during the gathering. The other victims, aged between 22 and 42, are in stable condition, NYPD said.
A spokesperson for the NYPD told DailyMail.com that it’s unclear what type of gathering the victims were attending. However, the Daily News reported that it was a barbecue hosted by local rapper Rich Rhymer.
A gun was recovered at the scene of the crime, but no motive has been uncovered.
Lee’s alma mater remembered the late basketball star following the tragedy
Lee was a star player on and off the court. He was on track to graduate from Houston Baptist University in December
Paramedics are seen loading a victim onto a stretcher at the scene of the shooting in Harlem
Lee’s high school alma mater, St. Raymond High School, said in an Instagram trubute that he was a ‘phenomenal human being’.
‘Aside from being a tremendous basketball star, he was a phenomenal human being, and a young man living such a positive life, succeeding in school, on the court, and in life,’ the school wrote in an tribute post.
The young basketball player attended Houston Baptist University in Texas. The school released a statement on Monday mourning Lee’s death.
The young basketball star was among nine people shot at the Harlem gathering
Investigators have recovered a handgun at the scene of the shooting (pictured)
Officers are seen examining the scene after a mass shooting in Harlem in the early hours of Monday
‘Lee was on track to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in December and was recently named HBU Robbie Robertson Male Student-Athlete of the Year,’ the school said.
‘As great of a basketball player as he was, he was an even better person. I can’t even think of basketball right now. I can only think of what a light Darius was during his short time on earth,’ Lee’s basketball Coach Ron Cottrell added.
HBU’s Director of Athletics Steve Moniaci said Lee had a ‘bright future in front of him both on and off the court.’
Overall crime in New York City is up 38.35 percent since 2021, statistics comparing 2021 and 2022 show.
Crime has increased in the areas of rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and auto theft – murder and shooting victims have slightly decreased since 2021.
New York City is experiencing a 38.35 percent increase in overall crime in comparison to 2021
Monday’s shooting comes after recent mass shootings across the United States – including the incident in Uvalde, Texas where an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school.
Buffalo, New York was also shaken in early May when an 18-year-old opened fire at a supermarket – killing 10 and wounding three.