MARQUETTE PARK — Darren Foggey, 16, was sitting near the window of his friend's bedroom when he was shot dead Wednesday night.
"We were just in there hanging out. His back was to the window," said Calvin Spells, whose first-floor bedroom window opens onto 67th Street just west of Artesian Avenue. "We just heard one shot. I was just thinking, 'I'm watching my friend die.'"
While some friends said that Darren, who grew up in the neighborhood and once attended nearby McKay Elementary School, associated with the "wrong crowd," none of them said they knew why someone shot through the open window Sunday night.
Police have not made an arrest in the case, but they said Darren was a gang member and was the target in a shooting that may have stemmed from an argument.
The shooting happened about 9:25 p.m., when 24-year-old Jeremy Phillips said he was in a nearby gangway.
"We just hear 'pow,' and I ran to the front and heard my aunt say that 'Lil Dee' was shot through the neck," Phillips said. "Some boy shot him."
Darren, who lived with his father about a block south, was pronounced dead 15 minutes later.
Phillips said he was shot through his ear at 67th Street and Artesian last fall.
"I'm tired of these little boys shooting," said Phillips, who called Darren his "little homie."
Darren loved to play basketball for fun, but it was difficult to keep him away from the "wrong crowd," his friends said.
"I told him, you need to stop being on that corner," Phillips said.
Two days after Darren's death, a memorial remained at the same corner where he died. Several dozen people came to remember the boy and left candles, teddy bears and notes on posters in his memory.
Several of the notes to "Lil Dee" said: "You will be missed."
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