Xavier Granville, 17, was shot and killed by two masked gunmen, using an AK-47 assault rifle and a .45-caliber pistol, after a late-night party in Far Rockaway, New York.
Shakira Granville told the NY Daily News: “My son didn’t deserve to go out like this. The pain I feel. I’m just in shock.”
According to Shakira, her son loved video games and the ocean, and planned to become a marine biologist.
An unidentified witness said the fatal shooting was a case of mistaken identity. “I don’t think those bullets were intended for him. Everyone loved Xavier.”
The two gunmen opened fire around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday as Granville was headed for home, according to the witness.
A police source said that Granville may have had possible gang ties.