MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A $2,500 reward if being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in connection with the death of a 13-year-old rising basketball star who was killed by a stray bullet in Mount Vernon.
Shamoya McKenzie was riding in her mother’s car around 2:30 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Chestnut Place and 3rd Street when she was shot in the head, police said. She died at a hospital.READ MORE: 1 NYPD Officer Killed In Harlem Shooting
A 28-year-old man who was on the street was also struck and wounded by a bullet in the shooting. His injuries were not believed to be serious.
McKenzie was an eighth grader at Graham School in Mount Vernon and played on the school’s basketball team.
In a post to the Mount Vernon Lady Knights basketball team’s Facebook page, McKenzie was described as a “beautiful, intelligent young lady who brightened the room with her smile.”
A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help McKenzie’s family.READ MORE: With Tragic Shooting Of 2 Police Officers In Harlem, 5 NYPD Officers Have Been Shot In January
Grief counselors were at the school on Tuesday.
“The main focus is to try and make the students feel safe, to comfort them,” Principal Dr. Natasha Hunter-McGregor told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.
She said grief councilors and teachers are being proactive.
“Proactive in the sense of listening to the students, monitoring body language and being present and visible,” she said.
A private memorial was held in the school’s gym Sunday afternoon, attended by friends and family who shared a flood of emotion and memories of the young star.MORE NEWS: Paterson Community In Mourning After 18-Year-Old Honor Student Robert Cuadra Killed By Stray Bullet
Anyone with information should call the New York State Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-866-313-Tips (8477). Callers can remain anonymous.