A Bullet Tears Through a Ceiling, and 2 Lives
The Times shares the lives of the two teenagers who were involved in Thursday’s accidental fatal shooting. Bukhari Washington was slain by a bullet from an assault rifle owned by Terrance Perry in the downstairs apartment while Perry was toying with the weapon.
How the rifle came into Perry’s possession and his exact reason for obtaining it remain under investigation.
In the apartment upstairs, Bukhari Washington, 15, had just gone to sleep. At work at the local recreation center the previous day, he and four friends had practiced lip-synching New Edition’s “Candy Girl” for a coming talent show. After work, he and his best friend, Daquan Cuttino, shot hoops and went to see the latest Batman movie. Bukhari had stayed up all night, talking to friends.
He had a lot on his mind. Having overcome more than his share of family tragedy, he had made his way to a prestigious prep school. Now, though, he was considering leaving it for a public school, his friends said.
Downstairs, 19-year-old Terrance Perry was sitting in bed, playing with his rifle. He had spent the previous afternoon and evening delivering food at the Newark hospital where he worked. His grandmother picked him up after his shift – he had lived with her for years, and she worried about him on the streets – and dropped him off at his girlfriend’s apartment. At some point, he returned to his grandmother’s home, in the house where Bukhari and his mother lived in an apartment on the top floor.
The two knew each other but were not friends, and had been neighbors for about a year.