In addition to his brother, his best friend, brother-in-law, niece and two nephews were killed.
Only one person – his nephew – survived.
He said the city chipped in to help cover the funeral costs and ever since he’s wanted to give back.
The tournmanent had been held at St. James Park where he and his brother played, but yesterday’s rain pushed the semifinals and finals inside Gauchos gym on Gerard Ave. Players came from across the city, including many college standouts and street ball superstars.
“It makes me feel like they are still here with me,” Gardiner said of his family members. “I’ve just been blessed.”
“The community looks forward to this two-day event. Whatever we can do to keep the kids off the streets,” he said.
“This is a part of me. I want to show people that people care.”