Police find AK-47 shell casings after Far Rock teen shot to death

Police, relatives and neighbors said 17-year-old Xavier Granville was shot and killed on Beach 15th Street early Saturday. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Unknown assailants in ski masks gunned down a Far Rockaway teenager after a late-night party early Saturday, police and family of the victim said.

The teen, 17-year-old Xavier Granville, was struck in the head and found dead in front of 249 Beach 15th St., cops said. Police said they found shell casings from an AK-47 and a .45-caliber pistol at the scene, but it was unclear what type of gun killed him. Police said they suspected some gang involvement.

As of Sunday morning, police were still searching for whoever shot Granville.

The teen’s devastated mother, Shikara Granville, described her son as a good young man who could make anybody laugh and dreamed of becoming a marine biologist.

She said she last saw him as he was heading out to his best friend’s party Friday night, where tragedy would later strike.

“He was my baby, he was my child,” she said at her home after identifying her son’s body Saturday morning. “Nobody’s child deserved to get killed like my son got killed.”

Reach reporter Karen Frantz by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4538.

Updated 10:56 pm, December 30, 2012
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Joe from Rockaway says:
Marine biologist? Guess it sounds better than an aspiring rapper. 17 years old at a late night party should've been at home feeding his pet guppies. Yup, that good young man was a victim of the NYC gun control laws.
Feb. 24, 9:32 pm
P.o.s. boys from Hammels houses says:
That little monster deserved to die. He lived by the gun so he died by the gun. He wasn't no angel, they making it seem like he was a good boy, but he wasn't. He was a piece of ——, and got what was coming to him. His mother is a crackhead that doesn't care what he does in the streets, just as long as she can get high. The hell with both of them, hammels in the house..
June 23, 3:25 pm

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