A shooting victim refused to cooperate with police to his last dying breath, offering a foul-mouthed expletive instead of identifying who attacked and ultimately killed him.
Arsenio Gravesande, a 28-year-old father of two and friend of the recently-slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, was shot in the left hip on August 20 during a particularly violent 24 hours in New York City. Gravesande was pronounced dead at a hospital after being wounded in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn — but not before telling policemen he was not interested in helping them find his killer.
"F--k you, son!" he told officers at the scene, according to The New York Post.
Gravesande’s cousin, Bethany Samuels, explained that Gravesande had gotten a phone call with instructions to meet someone around the corner from his home in Brooklyn. Shots rang out only minutes after the rendezvous.
“It probably was a setup," Samuels told the New York Daily News. "People just hate you for no reason. It’s crazy ... One of his friends came running around saying, ‘Arsenio got hit, Arsenio got hit. So I ran around the corner and he was on the floor saying he can’t breathe.”
“The ambulance came and I got in there with him,” Samuels added. ″He was moving around, he was grabbing everything, he didn’t want to stay stabilized. He didn’t want to stay down. He kept telling me, ‘Bethany I’m dead, I can’t breathe, I’m dead.’ I was telling him, ‘No you’re not dead.’"
Although he was conscious while being transported to Brookdale University Hospital, he passed away shortly thereafter, the bullet having struck a major artery.
No arrests have been made in connection to the death and a motive is not known.
Gravesande, who had recently appeared in a Nipsey Hussle music video, had a lengthy arrest record and was a member of the G Stone Crips gang.
“He was like the head of them, he controlled them here,” said Samuels. "He barbecued and did giveaways to the kids. He was a good person and did good things for everybody out here. He tried to keep the streets clean. Some people are not in gangs for bad vibes. Some people are in gangs to give away to the community. He never killed nobody, he never hurt nobody. He wasn’t like that.”
Gravesande was one of five New York City homicide victims within 24 hours, according to News 12 Brooklyn. NYPD statistics indicate that shooting incidents within New York City are on the rise by 4.2 percent compared to the same time period last year.
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