Dad learns son is dead when detective answers boy’s phone

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — A Long Island father learned his 15-year-old son had been killed when he called the teen’s cellphone and a police detective answered, and the boy’s mother learned of his death while she was hospitalized.

Raul Guzman, of Hempstead Village, told Newsday he called their son, Joshua, on Monday to make sure the high school sophomore was at school.

But instead of hearing his son’s voice, Guzman heard a stranger’s.

Guzman learned his son had been fatally shot overnight. The boy was found lying in a street gutter.

Guzman said his son must have gone out while he was asleep. The victim’s father said he’d told his son not to leave the house and the teen said he wouldn’t.

There have been no arrests.

The boy’s mother was being treated for a broken back from a car crash about a week ago.