A popular 16-year-old Lower East Side teenager was gunned down after he refused to hand over his expensive winter parka to a gang of thugs, the NY Post reports.
Raphael Ward became the first shooting victim of the New Year in New York City. Ironically, he predicted his own death on his social networking account hours before he was shot.
Ward, whose Facebook name was “BloccBoy Tokyo” wrote “I’m dead,” according to friends. The teen was shot once in the chest in front of the DeWitt Reformed Church at 280 Rivington St. about 9 p.m. on Friday, according to the NY Post. Ward died near the apartment he shared with his single mother and younger brother. His mother was too distraught to speak to a reporter.