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Woman Received a Fatal Shot to the Head in New York during a Vigil for Another Man

Junie Sihlangu
May 19, 2021
01:50 P.M.
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Brooklyn Police officers have their work cut out for them in solving two murders that occurred this week. The two victims died at separate times but at the same scene of the crime.

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Late on Monday night, a woman was shot dead in Brownsville, New York. The 32-year-old woman’s death came less than twenty-four hours after another man was murdered in the same spot.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) revealed that the woman was actually attending the vigil for the man killed when she was shot. The incident occurred near the corner of Howard Avenue and Park Place.

An American policeman walks in the street with a police car visible in the background | Photo: Shutterstock/ALDECA studio

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Police said the woman’s shooting happened at around 11 p.m. at the beginning of the week. Authorities said the victim was murdered when a car drove up, and someone inside it opened fire on the crowd gathered.

A bullet struck the woman in the temple, and police found her lying in the street when they arrived. Emergency Medical Services took the victim to Brookdale Hospital; however, she was pronounced dead.

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She was identified as Shalimar Birkett from Queens. Authorities said they believed the shooter might’ve been in a white sedan, but it wasn’t clear if the mother of two was the intended target of the driveby or not.

The latest victim was attending the vigil for Brooklyn’s Miles Bobbsemple, 31, when she died. He was shot at around 12:30 a.m. before passing away at a local hospital early on Monday.

Two police officers wearing their police gear while walking in the street | Photo: Shutterstock/Mademoiselle N

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Speaking to the “New York Daily News,” Birkett’s mother, Patricia Hamilton, said she was friends with Bobbsemple, but they weren’t close. She grappled with the sudden loss of her daughter, asking:

"Why you had to come shoot and kill my daughter? She was just there."

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Hamilton described her daughter as a fun person who was outgoing and loved by everyone. Bobbsemple was shot in the chest at a Brooklyn house party and dropped off at Kings County Hospital.

The incident occurred during the service for Quasheda Pierce’s son, Sincere Pierce, 18.

The victim appeared to have accidentally stepped on the foot of a gang member or showed disrespect in another way. A 30-year-old man was also wounded in the incident, and no arrests have been made in either case.

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Last November, a Florida teenager’s burial service was interrupted by gunfire, causing his mother to get injured in another shooting case. The teen was being buried after being fatally shot by a Brevard County sheriff's deputy.

His mother, Quasheda Pierce, 39, was shot in the leg from what was described as an "accidental discharge" from a concealed weapon. The incident occurred during the service for her son, Sincere Pierce, 18.

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