Family of shot dead teenager in Boerum Hill Park hold vigil and rally against gun violence



BOERUM HILL, Brooklyn (WABC) – The family of 16-year-old Kyla-Simone Sobers-Batties held a vigil and rally against gun violence Monday in Brooklyn Park where the teenager was shot in the head by a stray bullet Friday.

It happened as the high school student from Cobble Hill High School was sitting on a bench with friends at the Gowanus Playground in Boerum Hill.

Police released photos of the wanted suspects, who appeared to be teenagers and were fleeing the scene.

Sobers-Baties is lucky to be alive and is recovering from surgery.

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Her mother, Nadine Sobers, spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News, saying her daughter had surgery on Saturday and was able to communicate through gestures.

“It’s hard,” she said. “I gave birth, I can do it. It’s the hardest thing I have done in my life.”

On Monday, she spoke to supporters at the rally.

“We can’t keep saying it can’t happen to me, because it can,” she said. “I never thought that my daughter who went to school Friday morning would end up with my daughter in the hospital Monday afternoon, and I’m still scared. And I know I have to be positive, but this fear is always there, the possibility that he could go left instead of staying steady. And I have to be strong for my daughter, and sometimes all I really want to do is curl up and scream. Because how can I help her when I’m so afraid I might lose her? “

Neighbors said the park was packed with families and children when gunfire erupted, making everyone scramble.

Kyla is recovering in Brooklyn Methodist, and medics were able to remove the bullet from her head, which luckily did not touch her brain.

She must be intubated to reduce swelling.

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Police are looking for three suspects, all men wearing dark clothing. One took off on a scooter, another on a Citi Bike and the third fled on foot.

Kyla’s family pray for her full recovery and that the suspects are arrested.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the New York Police Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or, in Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA ( 74782).

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