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BRONX TIMES REPORTER,4 SEPT. 25-OCT. 1, 2020 BTR
Suspect charged in
Najhim Luke arrested back in July
Eve Hendricks kisses her son Brandon Hendricks-Ellison, who was shot and killed in the
Bronx of New York City on June 29th, days after his graduation from high school, during his
funeral service at the First Baptist Church of Bronxville in Bronxville, New York, U.S., July 15,
2020. Courtesy of REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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BY ALEX MITCHELL
The alleged killer of beloved 17-yearold
Bronx basketball standout Brandon
Hendricks has been arraigned
on murder charges, Bronx District
Attorney Darcel Clark announced on
Tuesday, Sept. 22.
West Bronx 22-year-old man Najhim
Luke was arraigned on counts
of second-degree murder, fi rst-degree
manslaughter and two counts of
second-degree criminal possession
of a weapon before Bronx Supreme
Court Justice Lester Adler on Sept. 22,
according to the DA’s offi ce.
Hendricks was found with a gunshot
wound to his neck by police on Davis
Avenue in Morris Heights on Sunday,
June 28 just before midnight.
EMS personnel transported him to
Saint Barnabas Hospital, where the
teen was pronounced dead.
Police arrested Luke on the morning
of July 6 and charged him with
murder, manslaughter and criminal
possession of a weapon.
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“The defendant allegedly callously
fi red into a group of people and ended
the life of a young, promising teen,”
Hendricks was killed just a week
after he graduated from James Monroe
High School and was reportedly in
talks to play basketball at West Hills
Community College in California
His death sparked a major call to
action to end gun violence throughout
the city and his mother, Eve Hendricks
joined Clark and councilwoman Vanessa
Gibson in protest of shootings in
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant
District Attorney John Miras,
Homicide Counsel, under the supervision
of Christine Scaccia, Chief of
the Homicide Bureau, and under the
overall supervision of James Brennan,
Deputy Chief of the Trial Division,
and Theresa Gottlieb, Chief of the
Luke is due back in court on
Wednesday, Dec. 2.
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