Funeral held in Brooklyn for 1-year-old shot in park

AmNews Staff Reports | 7/27/2020, 8:29 a.m. | Updated on 7/28/2020, 6:46 a.m.
Funeral services are being held Monday for one-year-old shooting victim Davell Gardner.
Davell Gadener Jr. Family photo

Funeral were held Monday for one-year-old shooting victim Davell Gardner.

The service was held at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Bed-Stuy. Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network (NAN) will join Gardener's family to deliver the eulogy.

"If you had a bad day, we'll give you a couple hours with Junior and he's going to make you smile; he's going to make you laugh," Davell Gardner Sr. said. "The day Junior was born was the happiest day of my life ... and he was taken too soon."“It was such a great experience being a first time father and having a son,” said Davell Gardner, Sr. “They took my family.”

Gardner was killed on July 12 at Raymond Bush Playground while out with his family during a barbecue. Two men were also injured during the shooting.

The toddler's killing comes at a time when the NYPD says shootings rose 276% compared to this time last year. Of the more than 50 shootings this month, 10 of them were minors. Police are still looking for Gardner's killer