Raleigh man is sentenced to prison for 2021 murder of Sanderson High School teen

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A 20-year-old man who fatally shot a teenage boy in Raleigh just over two years ago was sentenced Tuesday to up to 25 years in prison.

Daniel Monserrate, who was 18 at the time, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced Tuesday, the Wake County District Attorney’s Office said.

He was given a sentence of 20 to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting Waly Malik Faye, 16, on Feb. 4, 2021.

On the afternoon of Feb. 4, a 911 caller said they found an injured person near a playground at Brentwood Park in Raleigh, The News & Observer reported.

Police responded to the the northeast Raleigh park in the 3300 block of Vinson Court and found Faye injured from a gunshot wound. He died the following day from his injuries, police said.

Faye attended Sanderson High School, according to his obituary, and worked at McDonald’s. In his free time, he liked to run track and play the keyboard, according to his obituary.

Monserrate did not have a criminal record at the time of the shooting.

Faye’s death was the second homicide reported in Raleigh in 2021. There were a total of 26 fatal shootings in Raleigh that year, Raleigh Police Department data shows.