Teen dies after suffering gunshot to the head outside Jefferson Houses in East Harlem

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EAST HARLEM, Manhattan – A teenager is now dead after suffering a gunshot to the head outside a public housing complex.

Juwan Tavarez, 16, succumbed to his injuries after getting shot in front of the Jefferson Houses in East Harlem Friday evening, police said.

Tavarez was taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition but was pronounced dead Sunday night, the NYPD said.

“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Clark Pena, a local community activist said hours after the fatal shooting on Friday. “We come together, we go to meetings, we protest, we have candlelight vigils and nothing really seems to get resolved.”

Residents told PIX11 News most of the crime – robberies, shootings – that happens at the Jefferson Houses occurs underneath a scaffolding that’s blocked by surveillance cameras.

“Police can’t even see anything because the scaffolding is covering the cameras, and this why it’s continuous,” one neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said. “There’s nothing else I can say at this point because it’s just becoming disgusting.”

There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

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