Man shot dead in front of 13-year-old nephew after refusing to fight another man on the basketball court

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By ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Police in Cleveland are searching for a gunman who shot another man to death Thursday after he refused to fight him on a basketball court – all in view of his 13-year-old nephew.

Aramis Roey, 27, was shot three times in the head and back at around 7:20pm at Gawron Park in the Corlett section of Cleveland’s East Side, according to Cleveland.com.

Roey was playing basketball with his two nephews when he noticed that two people nearby were engaged in an argument.

He intervened to separate the two men.

Then the man who instigated the argument began to challenge Roey to a fight, according to police.

Roey refused and walked away.

Moments later, police say Roey left the park. He then returned to the area after he had forgotten some of his belongings.

Upon returning, the man pulled out a gun and shot Roey twice, according to police.

Roey’s 13-year-old nephew witnessed his uncle being gunned down.

Roey refused and walked away. Moments later, the man pulled out a gun and shot Roey twice, according to police

The gunman then stepped toward Roey as he lay on the ground and shot him a third time.

As the shots were fired, four teens who were in the park quickly ran off.

The gunman also fled.

Roey was pronounced dead at the park.

Police are asking for the public’s help with any information they might have connected to the case.

He intervened to separate the two men. Then the man who instigated the argument began to challenge Roey to a fight, according to police‘This does not make any sense to take someone’s life like that,’ Roey’s mother, Kecia Roey, told Cleveland.com.

‘The violence has to stop. Young people, please, we’re supposed to stick together, not be hurting each other,’ his mother said.

Cierra Roey, the victim’s sister who lived with her brother just a few blocks from the park, described him as a lighthearted guy who liked to smile and kid around.

‘He wasn’t a threat to nobody,’ she said.

It was Cierra Roey’s two sons, ages 13 and 9, who were playing with their uncle in what tragically turned out to be the final moments of his life.

‘Thank God (my son) was able to get away because he could’ve been shot as well,’ she said.

Cierra Roey’s 13-year-old son quickly ran home to tell his mother.

She then told her mother and they ran to the park together. By the time they arrived, police were on the scene and Aramis Roey’s body was covered with a white sheet.

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