Mom of slain 14-year-old Queens boy thrilled alleged killer arrested


The mother of 14-year-old Queens boy who was gunned down by a stray bullet in 2019 said Friday she’s thrilled his alleged murderer was finally arrested — because the suspected gang member “broke my heart” and should  “get what he deserves.”

Shanequa Griffin, 39, of South Jamaica, said detectives notified earlier this week that 18-year-old Sean Brown had been arrested for the killing of her son, Aamir Griffin, a gifted basketball player who was shot at a neighborhood court in October of that year.

“I’m excited, I’m excited about it. I’m glad he was caught,” she told The Post. “I was just happy that they police” came and told me. Most murders don’t get solved.

She added, ““He took a lot from me. He broke my heart…I just want him to know that he is going to get what he deserves.”

Griffin said she hasn’t stopped weeping regularly over the loss of her  boy — and that her heart aches on holidays because there’s an empty spot where he should be.

“Honestly, I cry a lot still.  It’s still fresh for me. Every day is still like it just happened like it was just yesterday,” she said of his death.  “I cry on the holidays — I cry on Thanksgiving, I cry on Christmas. I cried on my birthday that just past  Aug.  2, because my son wasn’t here.”

Candles, notes and photos pay tribute to Aamir Griffin, inside the Basketball Court at Baisley Park Houses in Jamaica.
Dan Herrick

Brown, who is also from Queens, was arrested Monday in California and will be extradited back to the Big Apple to face , according to L.A. police.

Griffin, who was a freshman at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, was shooting hoops at Baisley Park Houses when he was killed by a bullet that was fired from more than 100 yards away. The next month, police offered a $10,000 reward for help bringing the boy’s killer — but the case went unsolved for nearly two years.

Friends and loved ones have since hung drawings and photos in  memory of the teen on a fence next to the court, said Griffin, who works in the New York City shelter system.

“There are candles and balloons as well. There is a basketball with wings painted on the court with his name below it,” she said.

“We are not taking them down. We are just going to keep putting new ones every year, we are always going to keep his memory right there. That’s what he loved to do,” she said.

Aamir Griffin’s funeral was held in 2019 at AME Allen Church in Jamaica, Queens.
Aamir Griffin’s funeral was held in 2019 at AME Allen Church in Jamaica, Queens.
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A bench with her son’s name on it was been installed, with the help of the NYPD, in his honor outside of the apartment building where the boy once lived.

A message on it reads: “This Bench Has Been Dedicated In Memory of Aamir Griffin.”

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