NEW YORK — Police said they had arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a teenager who was killed near her high school in the Bronx on Friday, the latest in a month-long series of shootings that have rocked New York City. .
Jeremiah Ryan, 17, of the Bronx was charged with the murder of 16-year-old Angelie Yambo, who was shot on her way home from school.
At a news conference on Saturday, Deputy Police Chief Timothy McCormack said Yumbo and another 16-year-old girl were struck by stray bullets fired from half a block by Ryan shortly before 2 p.m. Friday.
The third victim, a 17-year-old boy, was killed by a stray bullet a block away. The names of the boy and the other 16-year-old girl who were injured were not released.
McCormack said after the victims were caught on opposite sides of the road between two men who were arguing and “pointing” at each other, Ryan pulled out a gun and opened fire. It was not clear what the controversy was about.
The chief said the shooting was captured on surveillance video and that Ryan, who was also charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon, had no criminal history and “zero police contact at all.”
“We have two families that have just been completely destroyed: the victim’s family and our shooter’s family,” McCormack said.
Yambo was killed in the South Bronx, not far from his home and around the corner from University Heights Secondary School. He was pronounced dead shortly after emergency responders brought him to Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx.
McCormack said Friday that police believe the victims were on their way home from school.
“Angelih Yambo had a bright future,” New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said on Saturday. “She was doing everything right.”
On Friday, Sewell said the shots were fired when “shameless criminals” standing near the school “fired during the brawl.”
Diana Marrero, 54, said she had lived in a building on East 156 Street for several years in an apartment on the same floor as Yumbo and her family. She described Yambo as “always serious”.
“She used to take her dog downstairs every day to say ‘hi’,” Marrero said. “She used to go to school and come back home. She wasn’t the kind of girl who used to hang around there or nothing.”
Hazel Cheeseborough, 15, described Yambo as a selfless and caring friend.
“She was really energetic,” said Hazel, who said she had known Yambo since elementary school. “She was a jovial person. She showed you love and attention no matter what. She put you in front of her.”
Yumbo had attended University Prep High School, a charter school that held a gathering Saturday morning and provided counseling services to its students, said Tavana Houston, a school security agent there.
“Her friends came, her family came,” Houston said. “They had a little monument. I know that because they had flowers.”
It was not immediately clear where the other two victims attended school.
An immediate memorial was also erected outside Tony’s Mini Market near the site of Yambo’s death. Candles and flowers were piled on the sidewalk, and someone left a pink, heart-shaped balloon with a message on it that read: “Sleep in heavenly peace, Princess.”
Brooks, 50, has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years and lost her father to gun violence years ago. Brooks stated that she did not know Yambo, but said that her death prompted her to think of her nieces and nephews.
She called the gun violence “just heartbreaking”, adding that the Bronx is “going through a tough time right now.”
“It’s just heartbreaking to me,” she said. “I cannot describe it in words now. It’s just heavy. ,
Yambo’s killing was the latest in a wave of gun deaths that began in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. The killings have shocked New Yorkers and challenged Mayor Eric Adams, who has said public safety is his top priority.
According to police data, there have been more shootings in New York as of April 3 than at the same time in 2020 or 2021. Statistics show that more than 330 people have been shot.
Earlier on Friday, Sewell spoke at another news conference about a separate fatal shooting in the Bronx. The commissioner announced the arrest of two men in connection with the murder of Juana Esperanza Soriano de-Perdomo, 61, who was shot in the back on Monday during a brawl between a group of men.
The men, Donald Johnson, 20, and Raquel Hampton, 33, were charged with murder on Friday, Sewell said.
“This is another example of pointless violence on the street of our city,” she said. “Criminals cannot act with impunity. Everyone will be held accountable for their actions.”
This article originally appeared in the new York Times,