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Minor league baseball player shot in Yonkers drive-by has died

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YONKERS, N.Y.  — Three weeks after he was shot in the parking lot of a Yonkers Burger King, a promising baseball player has died from his injuries, according to the city's mayor and the victim's former team.

Mike Nolan, 23, was standing with a group of people outside the fast-food restaurant Sept. 18 on Central Avenue when a shooter drove alongside them and fired at closed range, police said.

Nolan was hit twice in the head and rushed to a hospital in critical condition, police said. His parents this week took him off life support.

"He went brain dead yesterday and we're gonna do the right thing, we're gonna donate his organs," the victim's father Jimmy Nolan told PIX11 News Friday, tears welling up in his eyes and his voice quavering. "It's like -- ah, this kid's gonna be missed."

Last year, Nolan was signed by the Oakland A's but had returned to Yonkers after an injury sidelined him from a promising baseball career.

"On behalf of the entire A's organization, I send my deepest condolences to Donna and Jimmy Nolan," the team's GM Davis Frost said Thursday in a statement. "Michael will always be a member of the A's family, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends for their tragic loss."

Soon after being drafted to Oakland, Nolan was put on the restricted list for the minor league Arizona League Athletics, according to his MILB profile.

Jimmy Nolan said his son was supposed to start training again this week.

At the time of the shooting, police did not release a description of the culprit and said the deadly confrontation may have stemmed from an argument over drag racing, a popular activity on that strip of Central Avenue.

"This person that did this has destroyed my family," the victim's mother Donna Nolan told PIX11 News.

"His grandparents, his cousins, his aunts, his uncles, so many people's lives have been turned upside down. For what? For an argument that you didn't even have with my son, but because you wanted to shoot into a crowd? It's gotta stop."

Like so many loved ones of gun violence victims, Nolan's parents have vowed to make sure their son's death is not in vain.