’He was a beautiful kid’: Dad mourns teen shot to death in car outside Queens deli

Victim Sean Brady.
Victim Sean Brady.

The father of a teen shot to death while sitting in a car outside a Queens deli is at a loss to explain the senseless tragedy.
“He was a beautiful kid. He had a lot of friends in the neighborhood here, and I have no idea as to how it could have happened," said David Brady, father of 18-year-old victim Sean Brady.
“We consider it to be just an unfortunate crime that could have happened to anybody at that time in that location.”
Sean was sitting in the driver’s seat of a red Chevrolet sedan outside The Sandwich Spot on Rockaway Beach Blvd. near Beach 87th St. in Rockaway Beach when a gunman in a black hoodie walked up and open fire about 1:15 a.m. Thursday, cops said.
The killer remains on the loose.
The teen lived with his family less than a mile away.
Sean graduated from Queens High School For Information, Research, And Technology last year and was set to enroll in classes to study information technology online, his dad said. His mother died last year from a massive heart attack.
The killer shot Sean’s 24-year-old friend in the leg outside the car before walking up to the driver’s window and blasting Sean in the head, according to police.
EMTs rushed both victims to Jamaica Hospital where Sean was listed in critical condition before things took a turn for the worse. His friend is expected to survive.

“His heart started to fail later on that day," said David Brady, 80. "He was in ICU and they were unable to keep his heart going. They tried for about an hour.”

Sean loved basketball and rap music, his family said.

“Please pray for quick justice for my little brother Sean, and that NYPD will locate and arrest the monster that murdered him in cold blood,” Sean’s brother Julian Sage wrote on Facebook Saturday.

Sean had been arrested once, on June 5, 2019, for forgery, pot possession and resisting arrest. He was due back in court next month to face those charges.

Shootings for the week prior to Sean’s deaths were up 250% compared to the same week a year before, jumping from 4 to 14, according to NYPD statistics. Homicides for the week were up 25%, from 4 to 5.

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