De Blasio calls fatal shootings of 17, 22-year-old at J’Ouvert festival ‘unacceptable’

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CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Two people who were killed Monday when violence broke out at Brooklyn’s J’Ouvert celebration have been identified.

Brooklyn residents Tyreke Borel, 17, and Tiarah Poyau, 22, were gunned down in the early morning hours along the bustling parade route, officials said. Four others were injured in at least three different shootings and a stabbing occurred during the overnight celebration.

Borel was shot first, police said. Officers responded around 3:50 a.m. to reports of a man and woman shot near Empire Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue.

The 17-year-old was discovered along with a 72-year-old woman suffering a gunshot wound to her arm, police said. Paramedics rushed both to Kings County Hospital, but the teenager didn’t make it.

Less than an hour later and one block away, police responded to reports of a shooting in front of 44 Empire Blvd. Poyau was shot in the face. She was also rushed to King County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Mayor Bill de Blasio decried the shootings Monday afternoon, saying the violence was “fundamentally unacceptable.”

Poyau was a student at St. John’s University and dreamed of becoming an accountant, she wrote on her LinkedIn. She considered studying abroad in Paris, Rome and Seville to be her greatest achievement.

“Apart from being able to get away for a while, I was given the opportunity to push my limits and be responsible for my personal growth and development journey,” she wrote.

A man in his 20s was shot in the leg in a third shooting at Clarkson and Rogers avenues, police said. A woman was stabbed just before 5 a.m. at Empire Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. Her condition is not known. A sixth victim was also injured by shattered glass.

No arrests have been made.

The violence erupted in the “heart of J’Ouvert,” police said. The controversial celebration has been marred by violence in recent years.

The city announced earlier this year that it would double the amount of officers patrolling the event celebrating Caribbean culture after Carey Gabay, a top aide to Gov. Cuomo, was fatally shot last year while passing by the celebration.

Five people have been detained in connection to Gabay’s killing — with the last arrest occurring late last week.

The mayor said he would not go into detail until a full review was completed about whether the popular gathering will continue going forward.

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