Berkeley High freshman dies after shooting

Malik Grayson at a football game in middle school

The 14-year-old Berkeley freshman who was shot in the head by his best friend on Saturday has died, according to Berkeley High School Principal Pasquale Scuderi.

Larry Malik Grayson, who went by the name Malik, died Thursday at Highland Hospital after lingering on life support for many days. Grayson was a freshman in the Academic Choice program at Berkeley High. He was on Berkeley High’s freshman football team and had also played football at Willard Middle School, according to some friends.

“Unfortunately, things like this happen. They are tragic, they are sad, the can be crushing and there are kids here today who are crushed,” Scuderi said Friday morning as he prepared to inform students about Grayson’s death during morning announcements.  “But death and tragedy are part of life,” Scuderi continued, “and one of the things I will try to convey… is that we must take care of ourselves, our kids and our community today.”

Grayson was shot around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 30 while at the home of a good friend, a 17-year-old who lived in the 1500 block of Alcatraz. After the shooting, the 17-year-old called 911 and walked into the front courtyard of his apartment complex, where some neighbors said he was crying and distressed and his shirt was splattered with blood. The boy waited for police, who took him to the police department for questioning.

A few hours after the shooting, the 17-year-old’s grandmother said she thought it was an accident. She said her grandson, who was a member of the Berkeley High junior varsity football team,  was not the type of boy to get into trouble on the street. The 17-year-old has since withdrawn from the school, said Scuderi.

On Thursday, the 17-year-old, whose name police did not release because he is a juvenile, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Sgt. Mary Kusmiss of the Berkeley Police Department said the charge would be changed to murder if the 14-year-old died.

The juvenile division of the Alameda County District Attorney’s office had not formally filed charges as of Thursday.

Around 9 p.m. on Thursday, word of  Grayson’s death leaked out to the Berkeley High community, who immediately started posting messages on Facebook and Twitter.

“FUCCCCCCK another young one gone jst like that. r.i.p malik i can’t believe this shit. foreaaal,” one person wrote on Twitter.

“rip malik. i didn’t really know you, but what happened is terrible. no one deserves what happened to you,” wrote another.

“R.I.P LARRY MALIIK GRAYSON!!!,” wrote another friend on Facebook. ” ii knw ur iin a better place & iits tiime 4 meh 2 lett qoo cnt stp cryiin.thse 14yrs wass very speciial 2 everyone tht knew u.even th0 ii thiink iits nt ur tiime qod hass called u hme iill see u on thee otha siide.please watch ova meh.my prayers qoes out 2 thee grayson famiily LARRY MALIIK GRAYSON II lVE U, no matter watt u wiill NEVER B REPLACED!”

“I’m sick and tired of all this senceless killing and shooting,” wrote another friend on his Facebook wall.

Students at Berkeley High spent time in classes during the week making cards for Grayson, according to one BHS parent. Large posters were also pinned to walls and students were invited to write down thoughts for Grayson and his family. Grief counselors will be available at the school today, said Scuderi.

Malik Grayson’s Facebook picture

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  • Rita Maran

    I’m not familiar with either Malik or his 17-year old friend, but I grieve deeply for the one who is gone and the one who has to face that tragic accident the rest of his life. My deep sympathy to the families of both young men.

    Can anyone explain why we act in our lives as though we have to live with guns? Why do we accept this as though we are being forced to?
    No guns, no gun accidents.
    To Life!

  • RIP BETTERHALF

    DAM MAN I CAINT BELIVE YU GNE MALIK! IT WAS JUS FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER THEN GAME I WAS WIT YU AND IT WAS RAING SO WE LET AND THE NEXT DAY(SATURDAY) WE WAS JUS FINNA MEET UP WIT YU BT YU NEVER TEXED BAK! SO I WAS FINNA CALL AND TWK SHIT TO U FOR NT TEXIN BAK LYK ALWAYS T THEN I HEArd u got shot? im lyk i didint belive it at first till we walk dwn alcatraz to see the crime sence im lyk omg are u seriouse so we walk swn to yo house but we didint go in we sat there then left my mind was scrambled so i was crying the next day was halloween? and i cudent make it to see u in the hospital so the day after we wnt wen i walked in and saw yu on that bed my heart dropped my eyes filled wit tears no matter how much i tried to hold dem bak i cudent seeing u lyk that hurt me so i took your hand and i start talking to kus i jus new u wass fina pull thur i told u idk wat i was gne dop if u didint and look at me now im so hurt so i went uop to that hospital every single day to see u the last movent from u i felt was yo finger twichin wen i kissed yur hand , then a COUPLE DAYS LATER THEY PRONOUNCED YO DEAD I WAS cryin but i new i had to be strong for yu i held my tears in the best i new how then at yo funeral icudent think of it as that was u layin there in that casket but damm man i love u soo much and miss yu i never been with out tyu did long for as long as i known yu TWERK IN PEACE MALIK GRAYSON ilove u

  • Ephemerol

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  • lizzie_

    i am so sorry for this terrible accident. a lovely young life is lost. a mother’s heart is broken.
    And all you friends of Malik…do good in his name, every day do good, do your best .
    He would want that for you, because he loved you, his friends. He does want that, I think.
    Lizzie_

  • momo

    i LOVE YOU MALIK for god has called u home i miss you alot i dnt no how he could do that to you ya was guud frends but ur in a better place now where u are safe i Love u forever

  • Commentor

    R.I.P. Malik
    Hope you are in a better place now

    To Rita Maran:
    This is not the place to leave comments concerning gun control.
    This gun was illegally possessed by a minor, misused by “playing around” and subsequently used in the commission of a felony, resulting in the death of a 14 yr old. The mechanical device (firearm) was not responsible for any of these acts. Place the responsibility where it belongs.

    R.I.P. Malik.

  • nunu

    rip bestfriiend malik ii miss uu soo muchh ii stiill cant belive uu gone iits reall tragiic we hadd summ good tiimess TWERK TEAM MALIK ABERCOMBIE AND FITCH KING iluu bestfriiend always and 4ever catchin cases over uu

  • Anna Hartley

    Apparently, Berkeley High School is no longer teachings its students how to write coherently. Or iis thiis supp0sed 2 B iintelliigiible?

  • Mekhimcelroy

    if u seen mob on my son thats not what it meant please dont be so quick 2 judge. my son respected women young girls who ever. so please do not judge my son unless u knew him…..with that statement u couldnt have known my loving child……….

  • Laque4

    HELLO I’M THE MOTHER OF MALIK GRAYSON AND NILAH GRAYSON……I AGREE WITH WHAT U SAID,BUT ONE THING ABOUT MY SON IS HE HATED GUNS AND LOVED LIFE 2 THE FULLEST!!!!!!!!!! I TALKED 2 MY BOYS ABOUT GUNS AND THE STREETS,THE HOLE 9 YARDS. THATS WHY SO MANY PEOPLE LOVED MY KIDS THE WAY THE DID AND STILL DO. I HAVE A 12 YEAR SON MY ONLY LIVING CHILD THAT I LOVE DEARLY!!!!!!!!!HE LOOKED UP 2 HIS BROTHER BECAUSE WHAT HIS BROTHER STOOD 4!!!! NOT BECAUSE HE THIS GANGSTA……BUT BECAUSE HE WOULD GATHER HIS FRIENDS ON FRIDAY NIGHTS AND TAKE THEM FRIDAY NIGHT CHURCH. HE DID THAT SO THEY WOULDNT BE ON THE STREETS…..HE FED THE HOMELESS, HIM AND HIS BROTHER WOULD GET MY GOOD BLANKETS AND ASK ED ME IF IT WAS OK IF THEY GAVE THEM 2 THE PEOPLE THAT WAS SLEEP OUT SIDE…..I CAN GO ON AND ON ABOUT MY BOYS. BUT THEIR ACTIONS SPEAKS MUCH LOUDER. I KNOW MY MALIKS DID……AND MY YOUNGEST CHILD MEKHI MCELROY 12 YEARS OF AGE HIS ACTIONS WILL SPEAK JUST AS LOUD OR SHOULD I SAY CONTINUE TO SPEAK LOUD ……..THANK U….TIALA CRUZ….

  • Laque4

    im sorry 2 say this was no accident…i wish it was i wish i would have just made my child stay in the house but who knew that my son was walking into a trap that caused him his life………who knew????? hard CRYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    my loving papi u will never b 4gotten….u left  very huge foot prints and guess what the lord is still holding your hand now just as he was when u were with us….lovin u 4 eternity ur mom tiala cruz

  • Laque4

    AGAIN PEOPLE PLEASE NO THE DAMN FACTS MY SON WAS MURDERED!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT WAS NO ACCIDENT MY SON HAD JUST BROKE HIS HAND 2 DAYS B4…HAVE U STOPPED 2 THINK IF IT WAS AN ACCIDENT WHY IS’NT HE TELLIN THE POLICE THAT HE HAS OVER 1001 DIFFERENT STORIES. BUT NEVER DID HE SAY IT WAS AN ACCIDENT  O BY THE WAY HE DID CONFESS 2 THROWING THE GUN OVER THE FENCE. SO TELL ME HOW U FEEL NOW AND I ONLY GAVE U VERY TINY PICE OF THE PIE BECAUSE IT’S AN OPEN CASE………THE MOTHER OF MY LOVING PAPI……TIALA CRUZ

  • Laque4

    yes my son did no garry that was like an uncle 2 him but does that mean my child was following in his foot steps hell no!!!!!! my son was his own person he was a leader never followed…..so again please if u did not know my son on a personal level do not judge let the GOOD LORD do his own work……..and by the way garry’s case is not solved…….

  • Laque4

    boy o boy people just dont no k well i got 2 no him and i stopped my son from being with him like he use to….if your a good kid u dont have 2 go out ur way 2 show it it will just come out natural……my sons came out natural…..k started carrying a gun 2 school at bhigh….but no one is sayin that…..

  • Go1234go

    It wasn’t neccisarly your son who wrot m.o.b, but the fact that someone would put it on a photo of his that says rest in peace is sending a negative portrayal of him.

  • Laounna

    aww my blood brother ima miss youi freakin love you every time i think of you i want to cry member at santa cruz quit poppin that damn gum and you called me ugly and i said you callin yoself ugly cuzz i look like u

  • nathan henderson

    dam that a fuckin mess that was lik a cusion

  • LilMalikTwin Grayson

    man rest in peace my blood brother forqet half brother i miss you omq words cant explain love youu baby boyy