Neighborhood reels in wake of death after teen gunned down at Brooklyn beach
Weeping, grief-stricken mourners today are pouring into the Harlem home of a vivacious 16-year-old girl gunned down in a senseless bloodbath at a Brooklyn beach where thousands of kids had gathered to enjoy a hot and sunny day off from school.
High schooler Tysha Jones had been frolicking at Brighton Beach and joking and laughing with friends on the boardwalk when she was caught in a senseless hailstorm of bullets fired into the youthful crowd around 5:20 p.m. yesterday.
She died later at Coney Island Hospital.
“I just can’t believe my baby is gone,” said a weeping Cynthia Jones, Tysha’s mom, outside the family’s Harlem apartment building.
Today, police are still interviewing witnesses to the chaotic events on a 95-degree day where kids off for the citywide Brooklyn-Queens Day holiday flocked to beaches.
There’s still been no arrests.
Ray Kelly showed up at crime scene today to “take the temperature of people who live here and use this beach on a regular basis.”
“You’re never going to have enough [cops],” he told The Post.
VIDEO: RAY KELLY SPEAKS AT THE SCENE
BLOOD ON THE BOARDWALK
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Four other young men were hurt in the rain of bullets; three are at Lutheran Hospital with gunshot wounds that are not life-threatening. A fourth youth remains in critical condition at Coney Island Hospital.
“She was a good girl—just a regular teenager going to school,” moaned Gus Ingram, 39, one of dozens of family friends visiting the family in their fourth-floor apartment on Lexington Avenue.
Outside the six-story apartment building, a makeshift memorial to Tysha continues to growing with heartbreaking messages and tokens of love to a youngster known for her smile and love of life.
“She was very outgoing and fun-loving,” said Audrey Johnson, a lifelong friend of mom Cynthia Jones. “Her sister just had a baby—she was a great aunt.
“I saw her picture in The Post, and I cried. I have a hole in my heart right now.
“She loved to dance, she loved school and she loved her niece.”
The whole neighborhood appeared touched by the loss of the teen.
Her memorial was crowded with teddy bears, flowers, stuffed dogs, candles and condolences.
“Tysha I love you and I’m going to miss you. Watch over me! Love, Jeanita” one cardboard message read.
Another stated: “RIP Tysha. Gone but neva 4gotten.”
Johnson said Tysha was just an innocent bystander who got caught in the meanness of an unknown and reckless dispute.
“She went out there to have a good time,” Johnson said. “For her not to come back is sad. She didn’t deserve this.”
This afternoon, crowds were beginning to return to Brighton Beach after cops cleared the crime scene around 12:30. It is expected that a large number of students may cut classes on the traditional senior skip day.
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