Teenage babysitter shot, killed while watching cousin identifies boyfriend as killer

A teenage babysitter shot this week while looking after her young cousin gave police the name of a man before she died.

The shooting happened while Shemel Mercurius, 16, was caring for three-year-old Josiah in her East Flatbush apartment in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, The New York Post reported.

Shemel’s 70-year-old grandmother Joan told the newspaper: ‘She died before she got to the hospital.

‘But before she died she gave the cops her boyfriend’s name. She told them he shot her.’

The shooting happened while Shemel Mercurius, 16, was caring for three-year-old Josiah in her East Flatbush apartment in Brooklyn on Tuesday night   Shemel reportedly gave police the name of a man before she died

Joan told The Post: ‘They’re looking for him. Her boyfriend. Nobody knew that she had this boyfriend.

‘I always told her, “Shemel, you’re a beautiful girl, don’t worry about boys. Focus on your education.”‘

Shemel was originally from Guyana and was declared dead at a Brooklyn hospital.

The girl’s father Dexter Mercurius, 38, told the newspaper: ‘Before she passed she called out a boy’s name.

‘I don’t know if it was the boyfriend or not. I just have questions right now and no answers.’

Speaking to WABC, the father said Shemel had an order of protection against an ex-boyfriend — who isn’t the person whose name that Shemel gave.

The teenager was declared dead at a Brooklyn hospital

A man and a woman went into Shemel’s apartment ahead of the incident Tuesday night and later took off, the TV station reported.

Shemel’s cousin Josiah was not hurt. His mother, who is Shemel’s aunt Latoya Price, told WABC: ‘I feel it, like I literally gave birth to her.

‘We were really that close. I’m the mother figure in her life, and I don’t know what to think because I don’t know how it happened.’

Price told CBS New York: ‘I said, “What happened?” He said “Shemel died.”

‘I said, “How?” He said the man took the gun and went “boom.”‘

Source: The DailyMail

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