Kenneth Casilla (7/30/92-3/23/13)


Brendan Sullivan, Advisor

On March 23rd, 2013 FDR High School lost a former Cougar, Kenneth Casilla. Kenny was but another victim of gun violence in America. I do not want this article to be about Kenny’s death. I want it to be about his life at FDR. Before Kenny became a Cougar, he attended P.S. 133. It was at P.S. 133 that Kenny found his love for basketball. I remember Kenny’s first day of high school. His cousin, Jonathan Leduc, brought him to meet me. Kenny was so shy and scared of me. I decided to scare him a little more. I told him, “If you want to play basketball for me or this school, you better start walking like a man- not a little boy.” Kenny didn’t scare. He smiled and said, “I can do that.” Kenny loved it when I tried to scare him. I spent the next 4 years watching after Kenny. Ms. Maione, Kenny’s Principal, loved him. However, she and I both agreed what Kenny needed was tough love. It was hard not to have a soft spot for the kid. He was a clown, but he was very charismatic.
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Kenny was a very talented basketball player. FDR won back to back Division Titles while Kenny was on the Varsity Basketball team. Kenny’s senior year, FDR was ranked third in the PSAL A Division Playoffs and was ranked in the Top Ten for most of the year, among NYC’s elite AA PSAL and Catholic school programs. Kenny was considered one of the top point guards in Brooklyn. He was a tremendous shooter and playmaker. While FDR did not win the City Championship that year, it was the closest we had ever gotten. Without Kenny, that team would never have been the same. He was special.
Kenny’s Mother Yvette and I desperately wanted Kenny to attend college after high school. Unfortunately, it was not our decision to make. Kenny decided to pursue his other passion, music. I am sticking to my belief that Kenny was a better point guard than rapper. But I have to say, Kenny “Nu Money” Casilla was an outstanding artist, with a bright future. The entire FDR family would like to extend our deepest condolences to Yvette and Kenneth’s entire family. While Kenny is no longer with us, he remains in our hearts.