Nicholas Heyward, Sr.

 

 

Age: 61

 

Summary: father of Nicholas Heyward, Jr., a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a black police officer in 1994 while playing with a toy gun in a Brooklyn housing project and whose death drew intense news media coverage nationwide (about 1,000 people attended his funeral, where then-Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani spoke, and it set Nicholas Heyward, Sr. on a quest for justice for his son), who became an activist against police brutality in New York as one of the first members of the October 22 Coalition, a group that has documented and protested police killings nationally, who also held training sessions to teach young black people their legal rights.

 

 

Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

 

Born: June 24, 1957

 

Died: December 31, 2018

 

Location: New York City, New York