Bed-Stuy, BROOKLYN (PIX11) – Nicolia Taylor’s sister said the 24-year-old was going to the gym, as she usually did, when she was caught in a hail of gunfire Tuesday morning.
The mother of one was in the “wrong place at the wrong time” when she was shot in the chest in front of the Lafayette Houses in Bed-Stuy. Her sister Sheonna said the bullet wasn’t meant for her.
Sheonna said the 21-year-old suspect, Corey Brown, was after someone else who was standing just a few feet away from her sister. “I ran up to the guys I saw coming with the guns,” she said. “I asked them, ‘Please don’t do this, my sister’s over there’ and he was reluctant to listen.” Sheonna said she knows the man Corey and the other men were after. “I was just thinking, we can’t let this happen again. I tried to stop it,” she did.
Nicolia was rushed to rushed to Brooklyn Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later. “They think it’s a game,” Sheonna said of the shootings that are “almost an everyday thing” in her neighborhood.
Sheonna said Nicolia was the “peaceful, loving person” and was the one that kept the family together after their mother passed away in 2008.
Speaking directly to the suspected gunman, Sheonna urged him to surrender saying, “Just turn yourself in. It’s really not too much for me to hope for. I really want my sister back.”
Brown is described as about 5’10” and 180 pounds. Anyone with information is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.