Arrest made in fatal shooting of Mount Vernon teen Shamoya McKenzie

Posted at 3:48 PM, Jan 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-16 22:23:52-05

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — Police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a teenage girl in Mount Vernon on New Year's Eve.

A spokesperson for the city of Mount Vernon said an arrest was made on Monday.

"While we were able to provide relief to Shamoya's heartbroken family, the pain of her loss remains," said Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas in a statement.

Shamoya McKenzie, 13, was killed by a stray bullet. She was not the intended target.

McKenzie was an eighth-grader at the Graham School and a rising star on her school's basketball team.

Mayor Thomas referred to McKenzie as a "child who carried the dreams of an entire community in her nimble hands as she dribbled down the court."

"Shamoya McKenzie was my one and only daughter," her mother said on New Year's Day. "She made the family proud. She wanted to go to UConn and the WNBA. She was looking forward to so much."

City officials will hold a news conference Tuesday with the Westchester District Attorney to provide further details of the arrest.