Samuel Earl Burge was raised by his grandmother on West 74th Street in Vermont Knolls, a neighborhood with single-story homes and grassy lawns. He’d spend balmy summers with his cousins and neighbors, cooling off with the garden hose in the front yard or playing cards and dominoes on the porch.
On Sunday, June 2, West 74th Street became the place where he was killed.
Around 7:30 p.m., Burge -- age 21 -- left his cousin’s house to get a haircut. On his way back, a 29-year-old man walked toward him and began shooting, according to police officials. The gunman ran into a waiting car, which was driven by a woman, police said.
Burge was taken to a hospital, where he died at 7:56 p.m., coroner’s records show.
Cedric Carpenter, Burge’s cousin, thought of him as a younger brother. Carpenter said ...