The mother of a slain Brooklyn teen believes he was gunned down inside his apartment building in a case of mistaken identity — and that his killers were actually after his older brother.
With her heart heavy with grief, Raymonde Figaro recalled on Sunday hearing the flurry of shots that claimed the life of her 15-year-old son Samuel Joseph.
Samuel, the youngest of nine children, had just run out to pick up dinner from a Haitian restaurant for one of his brother’s, though it’s not clear which one.
“He ran downstairs and opened the door, and two guys were standing there. They just pushed him in and they started shooting,” Figaro, 57, said from the family’s apartment on Flatbush Avenue. “I was in the kitchen and I heard, ‘Pop, pop, pop, pop!’ I looked outside and Sam wasn’t outside, so I ran down, and my son was lying on the floor. Seven times, they shot him.”
Samuel was shot in the face, neck and chest at about 5:45 p.m., his body left in the entryway, according to police.
But he wasn’t the intended target, the heartbroken mom said as tears streamed down her face.
Just prior to the tragic slaying, the boy’s sister was outside when the alleged gunmen approached her and asked where his older brother, Kingsley, was.
“They didn’t say they were looking for him,” said Figaro. “They said, ‘Where is he?’”
She wasn’t sure what the sister’s response was but a short time later, Samuel came walking out of the home — and into the cascade of bullets.
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