A woman named Shalimar Birkett was shot and killed while attending a memorial service for a friend who had recently been executed for allegedly stepping on a gang member’s foot just hours before.
According to the New York Daily News, Shalimar Birket was fatally shot in the head while attending a vigil for 31-year-old Miles Bobbsemple in the Brownsville neighborhood on Monday night, May 17. The alleged gang member’s identity was not released.
She was 32 years old.
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Mother of two children Around 11 p.m., Birkett was at her friend Bobbsemple’s vigil when a gunman jumped out of a car down the block and opened fire. Birkett was rushed to a local hospital, but her injuries were too severe for her to survive.
Cops suspect that Shalimar Birkett, 32, the mother who was killed at the vigil, was not the shooter’s intended target.
According to the New York Daily News, the alleged gunman thought members of a rival gang were present at the vigil and did not plan to kill Birkett.
Investigators suspect the man who shot her is the same gunman who killed Bobbsemple at a nearby house party about 12.30 a.m. on Monday after the latter mistakenly stepped on a gang member’s foot. A driver had dropped Bobbsemple off at a nearby hospital, according to the Daily News. Cops weren’t sure what prompted the shooting at first, but they now suspect Bobbsemple was fired at the same party where a third victim, 30, was also shot in both legs and the shoulder.
The victim, who has not been identified, is said to be in stable condition at another hospital in the city. Birkett’s mother, Patricia Hamilton, told the Daily News that her son’s death was a “nightmare.” She revealed that her daughter lived with her and that Bobbsemple was a “friend,” but not a “close friend,” of Birkett’s.
Hamilton said, “She was an outgoing, fun person, loved by everyone — all her friends and family,”
“Why? Why you had to come shoot and kill my daughter? She was just there.”
WABC reported that Bobbsemple had no criminal history while Birkett had one previous arrest, the details of which were sealed.
According to the report, Birkett had recently landed a job at Famous Footwear. Hamilton told the Daily News that she didn’t know whether Birkett’s two boys, ages 11 and 10, had been told that their mother had been murdered.
Hamilton said, “She always takes them out to eat, shopping. They go to waterparks and stuff during the summertime. They do fun things together, her and the aunts and the cousins,”
According to WABC, Bobbsemple had no prior criminal records, while Birkett had one prior conviction, the particulars of which were kept under wraps.
Birkett had recently started working at Famous Footwear, according to the article. Hamilton told the New York Daily News that she didn’t know whether Birkett’s two sons, aged 11 and 10, had been informed of their mother’s death.
Birkett is said to have six brothers and five sisters. Another of her siblings, according to the Daily News, died as a result of gun abuse.