Family asks Brooklyn DA to reopen fatal police shooting of 13-year-old boy inside Gowanus houses

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BROOKLYN -- The outcome of the shooting death of Akai Gurley is driving 13-year-old Nicholas Heyward Jr.'s family to get their own case reopened.

In 1994, Heyward Jr. was playing in the stairwell of the Gowanus Housing Project, where he lived in Brooklyn, when a police officer shot and killed him.

Heyward was playing "cops and robbers" with friends and had a toy gun.

Monday afternoon Heyward's family met with Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson who has agreed to look at the original evidence in Heyward's case.

Heyward Sr. said, "normally I don't have faith in our justice system but I do believe Thompson will do his job."

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