(Photos: Erin O’Brien)

Davell Gardner Jr., the one-year-old boy who was shot and killed at a cookout on July 12, was laid to rest in Brooklyn yesterday, at a service presided over by Rev. Al Sharpton and Bishop Albert L. Jamison. In a somber ceremony, attended by members of the community and prominent New York politicians and public figures, speakers remembered the short life of Gardner, while calling for an end to gun violence in the community.

Gardner was sitting in a stroller at a cookout in a Brooklyn park when gunmen approached the small group and began firing, around 11:30pm. Gardner was shot in the abdomen, and died shortly after at a nearby hospital. His death came during a summer of increased gun violence in New York: in the month of June, there was a 130 percent uptick

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