Father of slain 11-year-old cries out in pain at memorial

The inconsolable father of an 11-year-old lady who was gunned down by a stray bullet in the Bronx this week cried out in pain and anger at a memorial Wednesday — asking repeatedly, “Who’s next?”

“My baby’s dead, that’s what I gotta say,” Sokpini Tay mentioned throughout a heart-wrenching outburst at the remembrance occasion outdoors the nail salon the place younger Kyhara Tay was killed Monday.

“Who’s next? Before we do anything, before we say anything, who’s next?” he shouted by tears. “My daughter would’ve mentioned. If she knew who did it she would have talked, she would have discovered out who did it, she would’ve mentioned one thing. That’s the individual she is.

“Please God, don’t forget her. Please. She’s a baby,” he pleaded. “She wasn’t grown up yet. She didn’t have time to grow up. We’re never going to see her again.”

He additionally advised the gang of the emotional agony he was going by after the loss — and demanded justice be performed to the as but unidentified killer.

“Please, I’m going to be living in pain the rest of my life. I want that person to suffer in pain. I don’t want him to die. I want him to suffer. He needs to suffer,” the grieving dad mentioned. “His parents need to feel this. My firstborn. My first. She’s supposed to be 12 in December. She couldn’t even make it. Now I’m going to have to celebrate her birthday without her.”

Sokpini Tay, the father of slain Bronx 11-year-old girl Kyhara Tay, questioned
Sokpini Tay, the daddy of slain Bronx 11-year-old lady Kyhara Tay, questioned “who’s next” at her memorial on May 18, 2022.
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Tay was hit by a stray bullet outside of New Kim Nails salon in the Bronx on May 16, 2022.
Kyhara Tay was hit by a stray bullet outdoors of New Kim Nails salon in the Bronx on May 16, 2022.

He additionally added: “My God failed me. God failed me. I hate him for that!”

Kyhara Tay was shot and mortally wounded outdoors New Kim Nails on Fox Street. Cops mentioned she was hit in the abdomen and stumbled into the salon, the place she handed out. The lady was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, the place she was pronounced useless.

“She was right next to me when it happened,” her buddy, Lillian Johnson, advised The Post after the taking pictures. “She got shot and then she came into the store … like she was trying to get away from the gunshots. She was holding her stomach saying, ‘Ow!’”

Surveillance footage of the gunman on a moped who shot Tay.
Surveillance footage of the gunman on a moped who shot Tay.
Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information on the gunman.
Police are providing a $10,000 reward for data on the gunman.

Cops have provided a $10,000 reward for data resulting in the arrest of the gunman, who stays on the free on Wednesday, police mentioned.

Footage launched by police confirmed the supposed sufferer duck into an assisted residing facility on Fox Street earlier than fleeing and being shot at by the alleged gunmen.

Tay’s heartbroken mom, Yahisha Gomez, dressed in black, and her father visited the scene of the deadly taking pictures on Tuesday, the place a makeshift memorial has sprouted up.

Candles at the scene spell out her nickname — “KyKy” — and associates and neighbors have written messages for the slain kids.

“Fly high beautiful princess,” reads one message in Spanish.

Tay's mother and father holding a photo of their daughter at the memorial at the scene of the shooting.
Tay’s mom and father holding a photograph of their daughter at the memorial at the scene of the taking pictures.
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Sokpini Tay told the crowd that he is
Sokpini Tay advised the gang that he’s “going to be living in pain the rest of my life” after the demise of his daughter.
Robert Miller

On Wednesday morning the lady’s mother, nonetheless clad in black, ran her hand over a portrait of her younger daughter at the memorial, then kissed the photograph earlier than each dad and mom climbed inside an NYPD van to attend the press convention.

Among those that additionally paid their respects at the scene have been dozens of the slain lady’s classmates as MS 424 additionally paid their respects on Tuesday.

The lady’s demise is simply the most recent in a string of shootings in the Big Apple involving youngsters.

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