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Police bust alleged gunman in teen’s Brooklyn basketball court death

Posted: 9:21 PM, Oct 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-04 06:37:49-04

BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn — Police apprehended the alleged gunman who fatally shot a teen at a Brooklyn basketball court, the NYPD Chief of Detectives said Wednesday.

Oluwadurotimi Oyebola, also known as Timi, was killed by a shot to the head while playing basketball with his friends at Chester Playground on Sept. 21. Police on Tuesday released a photo of Aaron Nathaniel, 14, and asked for help finding him.

“In partnership with the community, an apprehension has been made in the homicide of 16-year-old Oluwadurotimi “Timi” Oyebola,” Chief Dermot Shea said. “Thank you to all who contributed: NYPD investigators, community members, and callers to CrimeStoppers.”

Police said Oyebola appears to have been an innocent bystander, shot in the midst of a fight.

His family says he was playing basketball with friends after school, passing time until a church prayer meeting.

“Church started at 7 p.m.,” said Emmanuel Fatukasi, who attended church with the teen. “He finished school at 1:30. He just wanted to do something within the gap.”

Oyebola lived in Queens with his family. He migrated to the U.S. from Nigeria in 2013.

Nathaniel faces charges of murder, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.