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‘Humble, quiet’ man shot in the Bronx was killed blocks from his home

A man shot and killed on a Bronx street was remembered Monday as a quiet, humble neighbor who spent his spare time making music.

Kelvin Sims, 29, was just blocks from his home in Morris Park when two men fired off multiple shots near the corner of Sacket Ave. and Williamsbridge Road just after 5:35 p.m. Sunday, police and sources said.

Sims was hit with bullets in the head and chest, cops said.

“It sounded like fireworks, four to five shots,” said Sims’s neighbor Paola Castaldi. “I didn’t realize it was him until later.”

Medics rushed the victim to Jacobi Medical Center, but he could not be saved.

Cops are still searching for the gunmen, who fled the scene after the fatal shooting. One of the men was clad all in black and the other was wearing a gray T-shirt and camouflage pants, sources said.

“No one has come to claim him,” said Castaldi, 34. “His body is still at the hospital.”

She told the Daily News that Sims was heading back from a neighborhood store when he was gunned down.

“It’s sad. He was only 29 years old,” said the neighbor. “Nobody deserves this. It’s crazy.”

Sims lived alone in the apartment building, where he spent his time making music and posting it to social media.

“He was real humble and to himself,” Castaldi said of the victim. “He was a rapper on Instagram but he was more like R&B.”

The shooting marked the third homicide this year in the Bronx’s 49th Precinct, which saw five homicides in 2023.

Last month, 25-year-old Daniel Lachapel was shot in the head on Allerton Ave. near White Plains Road on a Saturday night. He died at the scene, just outside his apartment building.

Police are still searching for Lachapel’s killer.


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