Suspect, 22, arrested in fatal shooting of Bronx high school basketball star

Maya Rajamani
July 06, 2020 - 12:40 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with fatally shooting a high school basketball star, the NYPD said. 

Brandon Hendricks, 17, died after he was shot in the neck in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx shortly before midnight on June 28, police said. 

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Najhim Luke, 22, of Morris Heights, was arrested Monday morning in connection with Hendricks’ death, the NYPD said. He faces charges including murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon.

The NYPD on Friday released a photo of Luke and said he was wanted for “questioning” in connection with Hendricks’ murder. Luke’s attorney information wasn’t immediately available Monday.

Hendricks was a recent graduate of James Monroe High School, where he was a star basketball player. In an Instagram post after Hendricks’ death, his basketball coach called him a “charismatic, humble young man.” 

RIP Diddy ❤️ I have so many fond memories of the short time that I spent with Brandon while he was with us on this Earth. He was a charismatic, humble young man. He listened and respected everyone. He was an awesome team mate. Thoughtful, kind and caring. Full of life and positivity. I’ve never met anyone who had anything bad to say about him. He was a remarkable basketball player. Incredible handle and quickness. He was our leader on and off the floor for the past 2 seasons. Just graduated from HS two days ago. His whole life ahead of him...why did he have to be taken from us so soon? I have so many special memories of Brandon that I’ll treasure for ever. Many of them on the court during our countless hours of practice. Many of them in the games. Win or lose we could always count on him to fight and give his best. Some of my fondest memories of Brandon was not on the court but in my Geometry class. Brandon was so inquisitive and intelligent. His questions, thoughtfulness and summaries always moved the class forward. He would bounce around the class helping his classmate until they got it. His effort in class was equal to his effort on the court...why was he taken away so soon? What can we do as a community and a society to prevent our Princes from killing each other so senselessly? I’m pretty certain that the bullets that took Brandon’s life were not meant for him. He wasn’t that kind of a kid. But those bullets should not have been meant for anyone. We need to find a way to get our young brothers to value not just the lives of others, but to value their lives. Two lives were lost last night. Two families will be devastated, and our hearts will be eternally broken. The senseless violence has to stop. We’ve lost a special part of our family. RIP Brandon. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Coach Thompson

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“I’m pretty certain that the bullets that took Brandon’s life were not meant for him,” the coach wrote. “The senseless violence has to stop.”