Tray Franklin (pictured), a 20-year-old college student with a promising future in boxing was gunned down in Brownsville, Brooklyn and his coach says ‘Stop and Frisk‘ could have possibly saved him, the New York Daily News reports.
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Franklin was playing dice with two of friends last Thursday night when a group of men walked through their game, prompting the young boxer to inquire, “‘Yo, wassup with that?’ ” One of the men pulled a gun and shot Franklin and his two buddies. They survived. He didn’t. And, just like that, Franklin became another Black male whose life was taken senselessly by gun violence.
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His boxing coach, a Pat Russo, a former NYPD narcotics detective, trained Franklin through a program called Cops and Kids Boxing. He said that Franklin was a hard-working kid who went to school during the day, worked at night and squeezed in gym time. He was eliminated after his third fight in last year’s Golden Gloves boxing competition, but soon returned to the gym because, Russo says, Franklin knew that “turning failure into harder work would bring eventual success.”
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While there is a robust outcry against “Stop and Frisk,” Russo believes if those young men who killed his young prospect would have been searched Franklin would be alive today.
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