The 13-year-old boy who was fatally shot just after getting out of school on Friday was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire. Kevin Miller, a freshman at Campus Magnet Humanities and the Arts High School, was using extra allowance he had received for doing chores and good grades to go to McDonald's with a friend when he ended up the victim of a stray bullet that came flying when another group of teenagers got into a fight at a nearby car wash and someone began shooting. Last night police took a teenage suspect into custody for the shootings of Miller and a 17-year-old worker at the car wash who was shot in the leg and is in stable condition. The suspect is undergoing questioning and awaiting charges.
A local resident who was describing the Cambria Heights spot that's known for the fights that have gone down over the years told reporters, "You got a lot of kids coming from the school, so you need a police presence just to show that they can forget what they're thinking about, getting in trouble." Miller's aunt told the News that that sort of trouble was the family's biggest fear after they had just allowed him to start traveling back and forth to school on his own. As his mother pleaded that the killer be brought to justice swiftly, his aunt said, "We need to deal with the facts. We have to bury a 13-year-old boy whose life just began."