Tymier Fraiser died after being shot around 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Frankford Avenue and Orleans Street in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.
Investigators say as many as 70 people were out on the block at the time, enjoying barbecues.
That's when a gunman stepped out from between two cars and opened fire, hitting Frasier multiple times and wounding his 16-year-old friend.
Frasier was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in critical condition. He died from his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.
The 16-year-old was hit in the shoulder and is hospitalized in stable condition. Police say the two were heading to the 16-year-old's house to play video games.
His mother Shyheer Frasier tells Action News her son was a good kid who was about to graduate from eighth grade at Memphis Street Academy. He was deciding where to go to high school to play football.
"I'm living a mom's worst nightmare. No mother should have to bury her child, especially not to corny gun violence," Tymier's mother Shyheer Frasier said.
Police describe Frasier has never been in trouble, so it's unclear why he and his friend were targeted.
"We need for somebody to come forward and contact us. You have a 14-year-old who lost his life. Instead of graduating eighth grade and enjoying his summer, now he's no longer with us. So we need someone to call us and tell us who did this," said Capt. James Clark of the Philadelphia Police Homicide Unit.
"Tymier was a good kid and didn't deserve this. My son needs justice," Shyheer Frasier said.
Shontay McClam says she'll never forget the haunting image of Frasier bleeding to death on the street just feet away from her window.
McClam's 12-year-old son witnessed the horrific aftermath too.
"It's to the point that I cried last night with my kids. And it's a shame because it's somebody else's child," she said.
Residents say though it's a tragedy, it's a common occurrence in this neighborhood.
"I'm not surprised. Shootings are going on everyday around here," said Morgan Baker.
For parents of young children, like McClam, the same frustration of living among such violence is often accompanied by a palpable fear that next time a tragedy like this will hit closer to home.
"It could've been my child. My kids hang out here every day. We can't sit outside with our kids without somebody getting killed or getting shot at," she said.
No arrests have been made and there was no word on a motive for the shooting.
As with all unsolved homicides in Philadelphia, there is a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
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