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Teen charged in Kyhara Tay’s death has long criminal record: source

The teenager charged with the shooting death of an 11-year-old girl in the Bronx is a suspected repeat offender with a string of previous gun-related arrests, The Post has learned – a revelation that sparked outrage from the victim’s heartbroken father.

Omar Bojang, 18, was one of two teenagers charged with murder last month after the girl, Kyhara Tay, was fatally hit by a stray bullet outside a nail salon in a botched moped drive-by earlier this year.

Prior to the 2020 killing of Kyhara, Bojang was arrested twice for incidents involving guns sealed under New York’s “raise the age” legislation, a law enforcement source said.

Omar Bojang, the 18-year-old charged in the shooting death of Bronx girl Kyhara Tay, has already been arrested on gun charges.
Omar Bojang, the 18-year-old charged in the shooting death of Bronx girl Kyhara Tay, has already been arrested on gun charges.
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Kyhara was hit by a stray bullet while walking outside a nail salon in May.
Tay was hit by a stray bullet while walking outside a nail salon in May.

Kyhara’s grieving father, Sokpini Tay, told the Post on Friday that the law – which raised the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 – urgently needed to be changed.

“If they get caught with a gun, they should pay for it some time. [If] They get caught doing something with a gun, they should get plenty of time for that,” Tay said.

“You shouldn’t carry guns. Period.”

Kyhara's father Sopkini Tay called to New York "Increase age" laws are changed.
Kyhara’s father, Sokpini Tay, called for a change to New York’s “raise the age” law.
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Bojang’s other run-ins with the law included two separate alleged incidents in 2020 in which he was shot in the leg, a source told The Post.

In one of the incidents that took place in the Bronx’s Belmont neighborhood on Nov. 21, 2020, Bojang was eventually arrested for attempted murder after allegedly shooting someone outside a building, the source said.

It was not immediately clear if anyone other than Bojang was injured in the shooting.

According to the source, he also reportedly shot someone in February 2020 and was shot in the knee months later in an April episode in the Bronx.

Just weeks before Kyhara was gunned down, Bojang was also caught on April 18 and 22 on two separate alleged robberies, the source said.

Bojang was allegedly driving the moped when suspect Matthew Godwin opened fire while driving.
Bojang was allegedly driving the moped when suspect Matthew Godwin opened fire while driving.
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“If the system had kept him in jail on just one of the multiple times he’s been arrested for a gun, this 11-year-old girl could be enjoying the summer,” a Bronx police officer told the Post.

“Once again, the politicians and their raise-the-age laws have left a teenage delinquent walking around with a gun and a family grieving their loss.”

Kyhara’s father questioned how many more children would have to die before anything would be done – as he accused those within the justice system of not caring about the victims.

“If they cared, they would have done something about it, they wouldn’t wait… until the last moment. What are you waiting for? Until it happens to them?” Tay said.

“You should take care of it because everyone gets shot every day. It’s sad that it’s the children who die from it. You have to find out. You have to change the law.

“At the end of the day there is no justice. It doesn’t make sense,” Tay added. “I just hope my daughter gets justice.”

Bojang was riding a moped down Westchester Avenue on May 16 when his 15-year-old passenger, Matthew Godwin, allegedly fired multiple shots at a 13-year-old boy, authorities said.

Bojang was arrested twice in 2020 for gun-related incidents.
Bojang was arrested twice in 2020 for gun-related incidents.
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The shot missed the intended target, hitting Kyhara in the stomach as she was standing outside a nail salon with friends.

Both Bojang and Godwin were charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, attempted murder and attempted assault in the Bronx Supreme Court last month.

Godwin was also charged with two counts of second-degree criminal gun possession.

The couple were remanded in custody without custody and are due to appear in court again in August.

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