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Funeral to be held for Yonkers teen shot and killed by stray bullet

Posted: 5:38 AM, May 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-02 08:43:10-04

YONKERS, N.Y. — A funeral will be held Thursday for a high school student who was struck and killed by a stray bullet last week.

Marilyn Cotto Montanez, who was described as “joyful” and made others smile, will be laid to rest a week after she was fatally struck.

The 18-year-old died after she was shot in the head as she walked with her younger sister.

Cotto Montanez was a bystander, police said.

Montanez was a student at Lincoln High School, the Principal's secretary told PIX11.

Police are still searching for the suspected gunman, who police have identified as Jamir Thompson .

Thompson, an eighth grade student, allegedly took a gold chain from a teen last Thursday, which resulted in a dispute later in the day.

The 15-year-old pulled out a gun and fired, hitting Cotto Montanez instead, authorities said.

Police have asked anyone with information on Thompson's location to contact them. There's a $5,000 aware for information leading to his arrest.

Anyone with information can contact police at 914-377-7724.