Little Neck Soccer League Honors Fallen Player

Athlete from Brooklyn who played for northeast Queens team was fatally shot in May.

Little Neck Soccer players have been wearing the number of a Brooklyn teenager who played for the league after he was fatally shot in late May, according to the league's website.

Isaiah Roberts, 18, was shot and killed on May 25 along Rockaway Parkway between Howard and Ralph Avenues in Brooklyn as a man attempted to rob him, a spokesman for Queens District Attorney Charles Hynes said.

Roberts was a member of the Little Neck U19 Demons team since 2010, playing forward, outside midfield, wingback and attacking mid.

The league’s players have been wearing Roberts’s number eight on their arms to every game since his death, according to the league's website.

During his final game with the Demons in Long Island, Roberts scored the winning goal, which guaranteed the team a spot in the finals.

“We all miss Isaiah and he will always be a Little Neck Demon,” a statement on the league’s website reads.

The Little Neck Douglaston Youth Club, which operates the soccer league, could not be reached for comment.

Roberts had been walking along Hancock when an unknown man and woman approached him and told him to give them everything he had, according to the 81st Precinct.

When Roberts refused, the male robber reached into the female’s purse, pulled out a handgun and shot five rounds.

One of the bullets struck the victim in the back as he was running.

Police found Roberts lying face down on Howard Street. He was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On June 16, Brooklyn’s Lawrence Jones, 21, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon, the Brooklyn DA’s spokesman said.

The case is still in the grand jury and Lawrence has not been indicted at this point.

If convicted of the charges brought against him, the defendant could face 25 years to life in prison, the DA spokesman said.


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