Adrian Simpson, a junior at William Cullen Bryant High School in Long Island City, died Feb. 21 while playing with friends at IS 145 in Jackson Heights, his former junior high school. According to the city medical examiner, the cause of death has not yet been determined.More than 50 tearful classmates joined family members at St. Mark's Church on Northern Boulevard to pay their respects. The young athlete lay in an open casket, clad in his No. 4 Bryant jersey, with his left hand clutching a basketball. Beside the casket, mourners had created a collage of childhood photographs entitled "Adrian's Way."Adrian was born in the Caribbean nation of Jamaica and moved to Jackson Heights four years ago, his family said. Jackie Gibbs, Adrian's mother, said her son was a happy child who enjoyed cricket, soccer and track, but loved basketball "with a passion.""He dreamed of someday going into the NBA," she said. "He was constantly trying to perfect himself."The 6-foot-4 power forward was well-liked by his teammates. The entire varsity squad came to pay their respects."He was always fun to be around," said teammate Mike Merricks, 18. "He was very outgoing."Teammate Shawn Robinson, 18, described Adrian as funny and very competitiv
©2008 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.