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A fight broke out during a memorial service for Raphael Ward, a teenager who was shot for his winter coat, last week.

The ceremony, held Wednesday (Jan. 9), erupted in violence outside of the Provenzano Lanza Funeral Home on New York City’s Lower East Side (aka, the LES).

“It was sickening, and really weird to see,” said a witness named John, who spoke on the condition of partial anonymity. The witness reported seeing a “huge mass,” of teens crowded outside funeral home, while the bus he was riding was stuck in traffic. “We see the crowd shift, I see an older man with a cane shouting and being pushed by a teenager, and there’s the guy in a suit trying to separate them.”

New York police released surveillance of four men believed to have killed Ward for his Marmot coat.  The gunman was described as a 5-foot-6-inches tall weighing between 120 to 140 pounds, and was wearing a hat or a ski mask when he walked up on the teen and opened fire. So far, only one person—Timothy Montalvo, 16— has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon and murder. The other three suspects are still at large.

See photos from the fight below.


Photos: EventsPhotosNYC/

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