EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn — The morning after a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot in her own home, in front of her 3-year-old cousin, the teen’s aunt pleaded for her killer to come forward.
Shemel Mecurius was killed Tuesday afternoon on the sixth floor of her aunt’s apartment at 1406 Brooklyn Ave. in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn.
Mecurius had picked up her 3-year-old cousin from day care earlier that day and was watching him when she was shot, her aunt, Latoya Pryce, told PIX11 News.
“They said it happened right in the door and my son witnessed everything,” Pryce said. “He’s doing OK. He’s sleeping. …They questioned him and he did answer. He’s well aware of what went on.”
Mecurius moved to New York from Guyana three years ago to “have a better life,” and lived with her aunt, who was her primary caregiver.
The teen, who attended Edward R. Murrow High School, often cared for her young cousin and told Pryce she planned on becoming a nurse.
“She was always so close to me,” Pryce said. “Always had a smile, always smiling. You know, friendly loving child. Anyone that knows her will tell you she’s always smiling.”
Her family says the teen was never in trouble.
Police said she was shot multiple times, but have released few other details.
“What could she have possibly done to you to make you want to take her life? For you to give her three shots, you’re premeditated to do this,” Pryce said.
But before she died, Mecurius was able to identify her killer to investigators, according to her aunt.
“Whoever you are, I just hope you will come out and say something. Anybody that see anything, please let us have justice. It’s unfair to our family,” Pryce said.
No arrests have been made in connection to the case.
The family is focused on finding justice for Shemel.
"We're trying to do the best we can," said Mecurius. "At the end of the day we can't fall apart right now, we've got to do what we've got to do but it's not easy for the family."
PIX11 reporter Narmeen Choudhury contributed to this report.