Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. Park
Wyckoff St. between Hoyt St. and Bond St.
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The park was renamed for Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. (1981-1994), a local resident who was fatally shot by a New York City Housing Authority police officer in the nearby housing complex where he lived with his mother, father, and younger brother.
On September 27, 1994, Heyward and his friends were playing a game of cops and robbers in the stairwell of the Gowanus Houses, using plastic toy guns with bright orange-colored handles and tips. Heyward was shot in the stomach by a Housing Police Officer and died a short time later at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan.
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