He died on Independence Day in his hometown of Camden, Penn. Cause of death: gunshot wound to the head.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Police arrived shortly after 11 p.m. to find the boy slumped in the back seat of a beat-up Oldsmobile, which was riddled with bullet holes and parked at the Branch Village housing project. More than 20 shell casings, most likely fired from an AK-47 assault rifle, were found nearby.
Robbery apparently was not the motive. Coleman's pockets were stuffed with cash - more than $500 - when investigators arrived. ...
"R.I.P. Pee-Wee" was scrawled in fresh black spray paint on a wall less than a block from where the 12-year-old was killed. On another corner, in oversized letters, was older graffiti that hinted Coleman may have aspired to be a drug-slinging gangster.
"GUN BOYZ. Pee-Wee-10th Street," it reads in weathered script.