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Outpour Of Support As Bronx Family Prepares For Slain Boy's Funeral

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Donations are pouring in for the family of a 4-year-old boy gunned down at a Bronx playground.

State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson says $6,000 has been raised to help the family of Lloyd Morgan.

The final funeral expenses are also being paid for by anonymous benefactors.

The child was shot in the head by a stray bullet during a basketball game at the Forest Houses in Morrisania last Sunday.

"No one in our own community stepped up to the plate to help out, but others from other communities came in and and stepped to the plate and assisted the family in this time of grieving," Stevenson said.

Three people are charged in connection with the boy's death including Ronald Jeffrey, 19, and Rondell Pinkerton, 17.

Both teens are charged with murder.

A third man, Courtney Kelly, 26, faces weapons charges.

Meanwhile, the young boy's death as well as several other recent shootings in the city has added new fuel to the gun control debate.

Accompanied by other elected officials, State Senator Eric Adams Adams on Sunday walked down Broadway in Yonkers, headed towards the Bronx with a high capacity assault rifle to demonstrate just how easy it is to bring a deadly weapon into the city.

The group is now calling for stricter gun laws throughout New York State.

"This is not a toy. This is not something that is in an action movie. This is something that is used to discharge ammunition. This is something that can hurt innocent civilians," Adams said.

Meantime, community leaders in Brooklyn held a basketball tournament Sunday to help stop gun violence.

The event was held at the Howard Houses in Brownsville, an area that has seen its fair share of shootings and murders.

"To be in the Increase the Peace tournament you have to sign a contract that you're going to do everything possible to diffuse any violence or any negative negativity that may happen in the basketball tournament," said Brooklyn Blizzards Organizer & President Anthony Newerls.

"It's very important that the kids are in a safe environment, and that's what we're trying to provide out here," said Referee Steve Simmons.

Organizers say the winners walked away with trophies and positive neighborhood bragging rights.

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