Brooklyn tot run over by van driver laid to rest in emotional service
The parents of the 3-year-old Brooklyn boy run over Thursday by a candy deliveryman poured out their anguish yesterday as the adorable tot was laid to rest.
Little Emur Shavkator’s heartbroken dad was too emotional to lead a prayer service at the Abu Bakr El Seddique Mosque in Borough Park, as had been planned.
“His father right now [won’t] stop crying,” a family friend said of dad Eler Mukhtarov, a taxi driver.
“He is punching the wall, punching punching. `My son!’” said the friend, Farrukh Niyazambetov. “And also hitting his head on the wall.”
About 50 relatives and friends from the Uzbek community gathered for the service, which included a traditional Salat al-Janazah funeral prayer.
Emur’s mother, Nigora Khabibova, could be heard sobbing inside the family’s home on 21st Avenue in Bath Beach as relatives visited.
“Everyone loved him,” said another family friend of the boy, whom he called “very active.”
“God gives, God takes. The boy was not at fault [for the accident]. Why didn’t [the driver] stop? There was a stop sign, I think. I don’t know what to say. The boy was on his way, he was in front of his mother with a baby stroller.”
Following the prayer service, relatives gathered at the Marlboro Muslim Cemetery in Morganville, NJ, for the burial.
Van driver Johnny Gonzalez, 61, who claims the boy rode into his blind spot as he was approaching the corner of Bay 25 Street and Benson Avenue in Bath Beach, was arrested and released.
He’s been charged with failure to yield and failure to exercise due care.
Additional reporting by Nick Fugallo
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