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UPDATE: Cops Searching For 8th Grader Who Killed NY Teen Marilyn Montanez

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UPDATE: Cops Searching For 8th Grader Who Killed NY Teen Marilyn Montanez

UPDATE: Cops Searching For 8th Grader Who Killed NY Teen Marilyn Montanez

As we previously reported, New York teen Marilyn Cotto Montanez was shot last Thursday while pushing her sister away to safety during a shootout.

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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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