As we previously reported, New York teen Marilyn Cotto Montanez was shot last Thursday while pushing her sister away to safety during a shootout.
According to the New York Post, the 18-year-old and her 9-year-old sister were walking to get art supplies for a school project when gunfire rang out near their home on Thursday evening. Montanez took a fatal bullet to the head as she protected her sister, her family said.
An 8th-grade boy who’s been identified as Jamir Thompson has been accused of committing the crime. The 15-year-old intended the fateful bullet for a rival from whom he’d stolen a gold chain from earlier Thursday — but unfortunately, he struck Montanez. Cops identified Thompson as the alleged shooter through surveillance footage and a series of witness interviews. They’re now asking for Thomas to turn himself. In addition to their search, they are also asking the community for their help, with a $5,000 reward.
The top cop of the NYPD emotionally appealed directly to the teen triggerman to make it easy on himself and come forward.
“If Jamir Thompson is watching, I have a message for you,” Gardner said. “We are considering you armed and dangerous. We are out looking for you as we speak. And for the safety of everyone, I urge you to turn yourself in.”
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