A shrine to Sharif

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Broken skateboards, melted candles, flowers, cigarettes and hand-written cards at the 15th Street entrance to Prospect Park formed a makeshift tribute this week to Carroll Gardens teen Sharif Abdallah, who died on Sunday after a scuffle inside the park.

But for friends of Abdallah, the shrine took on less of a somber air with the news on Tuesday that cops had charged four people in the fight that preceded to his death.

Abdallah, 17, a senior at Xaverian HS in Bay Ridge, collapsed just after midnight on March 8 near Bartel Pritchard Square after he and his pals clashed with teens and an adult inside the park in a fistfight sparked by name-calling, friends said.

Paramedics transported the Henry Street adolescent — who was known to friends as a talented caricature artist — to New York Methodist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The death stunned friends of the shaggy-haired, light-spirited teen who aspired to become a graphic designer.

“It’s not right. He was too young to go,” said one acquaintance, who stood next to a simple and stark hand-written graffito: “May 6, 1991 — March 7, 2009, RIP.”

“I just keep feeling like if I had been here, things might have been different.”

A parent of one of Abdallah’s friends was also shocked by the news.

“It all happened so fast. He was at my house at 8 pm and now he’s gone,” he said.

The outpouring of tributes to Abdallah were not universal, however. People who live near the circle at the southwest corner of Prospect Park have long complained about kids hanging out in the area well after dark — as well as occasional fights and incidents of under-aged drinking.

The cause of Abdallah’s death has not yet been determined — though friends said he suffered from a heart murmur.

Cops charged Angelo Bracco, 42, Eric Bracco, 18, Christian Bracco, 16, and Domenic Barbara, 18, with gang assault on Tuesday. Their lawyer told The Brooklyn Paper that he was confident that the medical examiner’s report would show no wrongdoing.

— with Heather Holland

Updated 5:11 pm, July 9, 2018: Story was altered to reflect a comment from the arrested group's lawyer.
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disgusted from Slope says:
This is an amazingly poor and infuriating piece of reporting. The insulting tone that snakes throughout the piece is absolutely inexcusable - labeling a heartfelt shrine to a boy who died much, much too young as "maudlin", and inferring that he was a kid who had brought about neighborhood complaints. This is what you publish the day of a much loved local 17 year old's funeral and burial? Everyone who has followed the tragic, untimely death of Sharif Abdallah, whether they knew him personally or not, knows that there wasn't simply a "clash" at which an adult happened to be present. Not one paper has disputed the fact that Bracco, along with his sons, went to the park following the exchange of words you mention, and that this 42 year old man physically attacked at least 2 teenagers, one of whom died before he could even make it a few yards away from the scene. If Sharif did have a heart murmur, does that make this scenario any less horrendous or unimaginable? Any tribute in this article paid to Sharif's talent and personality was negated by the overall ugly tone of the article. Terrible reporting, painful timing. You owe the Abdallah family an apology.
March 12, 2009, 1:09 am
Pat from Bay Ridge says:
It's just the usual snark from this paper, misplaced in a story like this.

PS. The park closes at 1AM. The bit about "kids hanging out in the area after the park is officially closed" is irrelevant and unwarranted in this story.
March 12, 2009, 8:30 am
Cavo from Carroll Gardens says:
Didn't one of them mug one of Bracco kids a week before? Why isn't anyone reporting that fact.
March 12, 2009, 8:57 am
ckim from PS says:
I have to agree that this is really poor reporting and insensitive to the victim. A child is dead godsake! What's that got to do with general noises and nuisances complaints from ppl of living near the park? Unfortunately I saw similar poor reporting on NYT on this same story where the reporter describes the Sharif's mother an "American" but his father simply - "Palestinian".
March 12, 2009, 12:36 pm
Elm from CG says:
If my son was the one that got mug, I will call the police.A normal father doesn't go a week later to bit them up.Now his son maybe got mug but he is a life and Sharif is dead. There is nothing that can make this right
March 12, 2009, 3:47 pm
cavo from carroll gardens says:
Dear Elm,
They did go to the police at 76th precent this is all known that the Sharif crew was picking on the boys. Also the others who attacked the boys,father and friend are known drug dealers in the Carroll Gardens area WITH RECORDS THIS IS FACT. The bulling from Sharif and his gang went overboard and the dad just went there to talk it out so it could end. They were attacked by 15 to 20 drug dealers that nite Sharif fell as he was chasing them to their car.
March 12, 2009, 5:36 pm
Elm from CG says:
Do yoy think that was the right place and the right moment to talk to end something? A party, at night, full of teenagers.I think that was looking for trouble.I dont know who did what bafore and I dont really care.I just now that is very sad that a kid had to die.They live in the same neighborhood and Im sure he could find a better place and moment to talk, ring his bell and talk in front of his father,
talk like adults.But go all the way to prospect park at night.. for what? talk? I dont think so.
March 12, 2009, 8:43 pm
windsor terrace from tupelo35 says:
on sunday the media interviewed a couple of these so called kids , one was named jarmed allah who was on channels 1,2,7 and bklyn 12 and was presented as the spokesman for the group.

Some spokesman, he and another skateboarder were arrested at about 2:30pm for crashing a skateboard on an adults head because he ask them to stop cursing at a female park worker.
Earlier the other kid [ 20 yrs old ] had told a friend of mine , he and his friends are upset because other people bother them and they are peace loving people .

They have both been arrested and are going to trial
March 13, 2009, 11:26 am
cavo from carroll gardens says:
Maybe you have a valid point, but as a father I do not know what I would do in this case. It is a sin but that Nelson street crew is bad news and they taking over Carroll Gardens.
March 13, 2009, 5:41 pm
Hoyt street from carroll gardens says:
Was there a pipe left over to smoke all the pot that was in his body at the time he died? Or is Ricky P DEALING herion now? They all will be exposed. The people of Carroll Gardens and the Police know who these kids are and what they are about. As far as the Barbera/Bracco attack that thank God they got away or the mob would have killed them.
March 13, 2009, 6:29 pm
save carroll gardens from carroll gardens says:
Lets please save carroll gardens from the likes of RICKY P AND JARMED ALLAH. Lets make Carroll Gardens safe again.
March 13, 2009, 7 pm
Blackjack from cg says:
Just a little Q&A folks

Were is Jarmed Allah and his friend tonite?
Brooklyn House for hitting someone over the head with a skate board.
And Fat Ricky P from Nelson St.?
Maybe at his hideout in the Red Hook PJ's.
And ask the DA to release the blood work from Sharif body for us all to know what was in his body?
March 13, 2009, 7:41 pm
park slope from johnny boy says:
does anyone have the name and phone number of Braccos lawyer, there may be something out there that will help him..
March 13, 2009, 9:18 pm
tupelo35 from windsor terrace says:
allah and his friend are in the Brooklyn House for attempted murder.
I'm sure the lawyers who are defending the Bracco/Barbera families will get a copy of the autopsy to find out if there was a substance problem.
March 13, 2009, 10:25 pm
Blackjack from carroll gardens says:
Park Slope,
If you have any info I could help you get it to them.
March 13, 2009, 10:49 pm
park slope from johnny boy says:
Blackjack, there is enough out there to prove these so called children of peace are nothing but pothead punks, who over the years have bothered anyone who disturbed their skateboarding, in fact one of these losers was stabbed last year for bothering someone in the street.
if possible , please furnish me with the lawyers name or phone number.
March 14, 2009, 10:33 am
sallie boy from CG says:
It is only a matter of time before Fat Rickey P folds like a cheap camera and talks to police as he has before. Jarmed Allah is and his partner are in Brooklyn House because they can't come up with bail money they to will start talking. Thank you Media for once again press hear say. But you will never read about this when the real story comes out.
March 14, 2009, 12:05 pm
blackjack from carroll gardens says:
Johnny Boy,
Where can we meet outside of this forum?
March 14, 2009, 1:18 pm
save carroll gardens from carroll gardens says:
I can't belive it the park was quite and safe for the first time awhile.
March 15, 2009, 11:21 am
johnny boy from park slope says:
Blackjack, i'll try to set something up for tommorow
March 15, 2009, 3:09 pm
blackjack from cg says:
March 15, 2009, 3:38 pm
March 16, 2009, 12:50 pm
Ash from CG says:
I knew Sharif. There is more to the story then this.
March 16, 2009, 8:14 pm
Ash from CG says:
His name is JAMAR.
March 16, 2009, 8:17 pm
cg from louie says:
I thought it was Ja mama
March 17, 2009, 11:06 am
blackjack from cg says:
March 17, 2009, 8:41 pm
blackjack from cg says:
Does any one know the names of the girls and the 20 year that were with Jarmed Allah when they attacked that poor man with the skateboard in front of family.
March 17, 2009, 9:27 pm
johnny boy from park slope says:
the guys name is Richard Toledo, the police are viewing a video to try to ID the Girls.

Lets get together tomorrow , I'll give a you a time and place in the A.M., hopefully it will be suitable for you.

I may have a client for the lawyers.
March 18, 2009, 12:47 pm
bob march from ps says:
Do you understand that this boy is dead? No matter who his friends were he died. There is no reason, justification or sense to this situation. He was just a kid. A father, a man with a son, came to the park with a purpose. How vicious do you have to be to hit another mans son? Would you do that? There is bad character in someone who would do something like that. And now this boy is dead. He is dead and you people are trying to shake it off as if he deserved it. 17 years old. What if this was your son?
March 18, 2009, 5:03 pm
save carroll gardens from carroll gardens says:
Dear Bob March,
Do you understand want man would go to do what purpose when it is 30 against 4. Unless the father and the three teens were superman, we all know any father would want the bulling to end. How many times can a man go to the 76th precient and be told by poilce they are just kids. This is all known to the police they were aware this. Also some the Sharif friends were in their 20's.
March 18, 2009, 7:48 pm
CAVO from carroll gardens says:
Looks like someone from the Nelson street gang is talking. Good work from the NYPD.
March 18, 2009, 8:17 pm
bob from ps says:
What point are you trying to make CAVO? Give it a rest.

All I'm saying is have a heart. If you have nothing else, at least have a heart for this boy. The aftermath of this situation is permanent.
March 18, 2009, 11:08 pm
johnnyboy from park slope says:
Blackjack, I won't be free today and would be more comfortable if you set up a meeting with the Lawyers and yourself at their office.
I post as Hamilton on, send me a PM for when and where
March 19, 2009, 6:57 am
Blackjack from carroll gardens says:
Thanks Johnnyboy
March 19, 2009, 8:01 am
Booster from Carroll Gardens says:
This is to all the guys or wanna-be's like Johnny boy and Blackjack who seem to know everything about everything and everyone. None of you were there and only have second or even third hand information. Regarding Sharif, the ME will release his blood work once the report is complete. I'm sure the family has nothing to worry about. You are only inflamming a very bad situation that was precipitated by a 42 year old (father) who put himself in the middle of something he should have diffused. So stop your nonsense because that's all it is!
March 19, 2009, 6:51 pm
Family Guy from Carroll Gardens says:
To the save Carroll Gardens guy. You are very misinformed! It was never 30 against 4 and the 76 pct doesn't have jurisdication at Prospect Pk. Additionally, Sharif was only 17 years old and none of his friends were in their 20's. My cousin is a Police Officer in the 76 Pct and he informs me that the Bracco's went to the park and started the fight as in the past. I think you should get the facts before you speak/write.
March 19, 2009, 7 pm
jonnnyboy from park slope says:
I wasn't there on sat. night, but I was there on sunday, when Allah , who was on tv claiming to be Sharifs best friend, tried to murder a family man with a skateboard, because he asked him to stop cursing in front of his children and harassing a female park worker.

But, thats what nice kids do.
Birds of a feather.
March 20, 2009, 7:22 am
booster from Carroll Gardens says:
I am sure that as a neighborhood guy you probably new many different guys. Good guys and bad guys. Our neighborhood is filled with both. Does that mean you are a bad guy. Birds of a feather didn't apply with that kid Sharif. My understanding is that Sharif didn't hang out with that jamar (allah) kid. He was one of the kids that hung around with different kids. I agree that he is a bad apple. Besides, what does that have to do with what happened. Let's stick to the facts. A grown man shouldn't have been involved. Everyone in our neighborhood was affected by this kids death.
March 23, 2009, 7:19 pm
Twumble Weed from Park Slope says:
I am heart broken over this incident. It happened two weeks and my daughter still hasn't stopped crying. Our son is a Junior at Xavarian HS and Knew Sharif Abdallah. According to our Michael, everyone loved that young man at Xavarian. How did this unfortunate thing unravel and happen??? We all pray for his family and wish this didn't happen.
March 23, 2009, 7:32 pm
Lexi V. from Boreum Hill says:
I justed learned that my school-mate Dom was involved in this unfortunate incident. Although I do not condone his actions to participate in violence, I trust the truth will be uncovered and he will be vindicated.
March 25, 2009, 2:39 pm
annoyed Christian from the park from Pk slop says:
The kids shouldnt have been in the park that late and certainly shouldn't have been trying to onvolve themselves into any fights. hope this teaches everyone a lesson.
March 30, 2009, 5:42 pm
johnnyboy from park slope says:
every friday and saturday night you'll see 20 to 30 kids , some under age , hanging out and waiting to buy drugs in Bartel Prichard Sq.

This has been going on for three years and is being ignored by the 78th Pct.
March 31, 2009, 2:23 pm
Jojo from Park Slope says:
i knew this guy! angelo bracco. i used to live two doors down from him, we had to move cause i got in a fight with one of his teenagers, from his gang of teenagers. This kid kept calling me names and throwing stuff at me when i walked down the street so i told him to piss off, not in so little words. and they retaliated by waiting outside my apartment all day waiting for me to come out so they could beat me up. white trash. as sad as it is about sharif, im glad to see those filthy hillbillies off the streets.
April 17, 2009, 10:49 pm
jojo from Park Slope says:
also, who cares if he smoked weed? he was 17 and assaulted by a 42 year old man!! and ive seen this guy, he's a BIG guy. one punch to a skinny kid like sharif would obviously mess with his already weak heart.

and who cares about jarmed? Sharif is the one who was MURDERED, and he was a great kid, ive hung out with him and some of his friends in the park before. not the best group of kids, and jarmed is a douche, but sharif was different and didn't deserve what he got.

Bracco and his white trash, bible thumping, gay bashing family deserves to rot
April 17, 2009, 11:04 pm
johnnyboy from park slope says:
maybe sharif should have stayed home and smoked weed like most nice boys with heart trouble do. he was a —— like all the other punks who hang at Bartel Prichard Sq. You get what you ask for.
May 12, 2009, 10:57 pm
tellthetruth from elmhurst says:
You people don’t realize how off topic you are!!! Why are you writing about the people who knew Sharif or hung out at similar locations? The whole point here is a 42 YR OLD MAN CAUSING THE DEATH OF A 17 YEAR OLD BOY. There were no reported bruises on any of the Bracco’s. Did you see the bruises on Sharif’s face because of the beating he took from the “big guy”. Great job Mr. Bracco! Great way to teach your kids how to deal with minor issues! It’s only natural for a 17 year old to want to hang out at parks but Sharif was harmless he was a great kid and anyone who knew him can tell you. This article is totally Bias. That is a shame.
June 5, 2009, 1:59 pm
jojo from park slope says:
you get what you ask for? he asked to be murdered? i think your asking for a punch in the face johnnyboy. get a ——ing grip.
July 3, 2009, 8:48 am
Lata from CG says:
Those Brocco;s were ALWAYS trouble from as long as I can remember. I hate them, always will. They'll get there day. MARK MY WORDS.
Oct. 26, 2009, 2:07 pm
WOW from carroll gardens says:
MOST PEOPLE WHO HAVE COMMENTED ON THIS CRAPPY ARTICLE ARE SO OUT OF LINE AND SADLY MISINFORMED. The results of that autopsy came back as a Homicide. What a bunch of idiots you are for defending a 42 year old lowlife who beats on a 17 year old boy. Your defending murderers. As someone who knew Sharif, he was an amazing person with amazing talent. The fact that you ignorant people think you can defend heinous acts like murder makes me ashamed to say I'm from the same neighborhood as you. The way you talk about a kid who's life was cut short is appalling. Then again you make a great example of the type of people these murderers surround themselves with. I hope they get sent to jail for a long time. All you people who defend disgusting things like these murderers are poor excuses for people.
Nov. 22, 2009, 10:58 pm
Wow from Carroll Gardens says:
P.S. JOHNNY BOY YOU ARE AN OUTRIGHT DIRTBAG. I AM AMAZED AT THE EXTENT OF YOUR STUPIDITY. You can talk all you want. All i know is that everyone will be a lot happier when your friend Brocco and his degenerate sons are in jail. Then maybe we'll all mock your mourning. I can't wait for that day. It's like you said you get what you ask for and those four losers will hopefully be rotting in jail. For all those who didn't know Sharif, I'll have you know that the world is a worse place without him in it.
Nov. 22, 2009, 11:20 pm
L from Bensonhurst says:
First off let me start off by saying if there is 20-30 kids are in a park every all would agree that: 1. the kids arent bothering anyone and that 2. you are all such smart people who do not contact the police to stop there "ungodly" acts. As For Johnny Boy, Save Carroll Gardens etc. if you were to lose someone close to you that was 17 years old from the hands of a 42 year old.... take a second to think of that person let it sink in your does it feel? did they have it coming? because i know some real bad people and let me state i wouldn't wish death on any of them. This article is poorly written and i don't have to hope that the Brocco's get jail time, i have the up most faith in our justice system that they will put them away for again...TAKING A TEENAGERS LIFE. Have fun in prison guys, dont drop the soap, although i'm almost sure these dirty bastards dont use it anyway.
Nov. 22, 2009, 11:45 pm
stmp from park slope says:
johnnyboy go —— yourself
March 23, 2010, 12:30 am
stmp from park slope says:
cavo go —— yourself
March 23, 2010, 12:30 am
Courtney says:
look at black jack and johnny boy hooking up for sex up there lmao ....there are no bad people, you watch too many movies. pot doesnt make people bad. nobody deserves to die,its the family that suffers when someone dies. the 'loser' that was stabbed 2 yrs ago in the street was my friend and he wasnt bothering anybody in street ,he was defending himself,im saying this because there was about 50 strangers staring at us not knowing what the —— happened but assuming something like that. never assume anything.
May 25, 2010, 7:20 am
A from bensonhurst says:
FYI, Innocent until proven guilty.... BTW Verdict is in NOT Guilty....
Nov. 28, 2011, 2:54 pm
outsider from none says:
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