NYC community, elected officials hold condolence service for 11-year-old Bronx boy found in river
A community is in mourning following the deaths of two missing boys whose bodies were found in two separate Manhattan rivers.
Garrett Warren, 13, and Alfa Barrie, 11, were last seen on May 12 at the intersection of 145th Street and Lenox Avenue. They attended different schools but were believed to be friends, which is why investigators linked their missing cases.
Last Thursday, Warren's body was found in the Harlem River. An autopsy showed that he died by accidental drowning. On Saturday, Barrie's body was found in the Hudson River. His cause of death has yet to be determined.
Family, friends, and mourning members of the New York City community came together on Monday night for a condolence service in memory of Alfa Barrie. Barrie's family made their way down to the Islamic Center to pray for their loved one who is no longer with them, still looking to cope with the nightmare that has become their reality.
"Now the family wants closure and clarity," said Ahmadou Diallo, uncle of Barrie. "The only time we'll get this is when we know exactly what happened to Alfa, and why did he end up dying in the water."
The NYPD is continuing their investigation into their deaths.