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Teen gangbanger gets 25 years behind bars in fatal shooting of Brooklyn rival

A Brooklyn judge Tuesday sentenced a teenage gangbanger to 25 years in prison in the shooting death of a rival crew member — and his childhood friend — calling out “adults of the community” for failing to keep kids out of gangs and away from guns.

“Children with guns. Children with guns. Children with guns,” a frustrated Justice Vincent DelGiudice said Tuesday after sentencing Malik Peters, 19, in the Oct. 26, 2015, death of Armani Hankins.

“I call upon the adults of the community to prevent children from joining gangs, these kids should be in the park pursuing other life goals,” he said.

“I call upon the adults of the community to raise your children properly. We cannot wait on the government to do this for us.”

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Hankins, 16, was gunned down on the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Aves. by Peters and Tyshawn Simon-Roberson. The pair were acquitted of murder and attempted murder, but convicted by two separate juries in January of first-degree manslaughter, attempted assault and weapons charges.

Simon-Roberson, 18, was sentenced by the judge to 15 years in prison earlier this month.

“I lost my son for nothing,” Hankins’s mother, Joyce Burt cried in a heart-wrenching victim-impact statement prior to Peters’ sentencing. “He just saved your life a couple hours before and you killed him.”

Peters and Simon-Roberson are both members of the “900” gang in Fort Greene. Hankins was associated with the rival East New York crew “4 to 5” — and was a childhood friend of Peters.

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On the day the violence erupted — after weeks of taunting between the rival gangs on social media — Peters was threatened by members of the East New York crew, authorities said.

Hankins stepped in to prevent the confrontation.

“It’s devastating what this world is coming to, to see what these young men are becoming, even after Armani’s death the taunting continued,” said Naisia Hayes, the victim’s cousin.

Curtis Hall, the victim’s father, said his son died for “being prideful and loyal.”

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“I’m not mad at Malik, Tyshawn or 900,” he said. “I mad at my son for being loyal… being prideful and loyal ended up being his demise.”

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