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Eric Adams hugs Azsia Johnson’s mother during the vigil

Mayor Eric Adams hugged a grieving mother at a vigil in the Upper East Side on Thursday night after her daughter was gunned down while pushing her 3-month-old baby in a stroller.

Adams spoke to heartbroken Lisa Desort as mourners gathered near the scene of Wednesday night’s shooting that killed 20-year-old Azsia Johnson.

The mayor was seen hugging Desort before the couple addressed the crowd of mourners who had gathered at the candlelight vigil.

Mayor Eric Adams spoke to a grieving Lisa Desort Thursday night at a vigil for her murdered daughter Azsia Johnson on the Upper East Side.
Mayor Eric Adams spoke to a grieving Lisa Desort Thursday night at a vigil for her murdered daughter Azsia Johnson on the Upper East Side.
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Adams hugs the victim's mother
The mayor hugged the victim’s emotional mother before they both addressed mourners at the candlelight vigil.
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Azsia Johnson
Azsia Johnson, 20, was shot dead just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday while walking with her baby girl in a stroller near the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 95th Street.

On one occasion, Adams was seen comforting Johnson’s crying 7-year-old niece, who was wearing a dress given to her by her murdered aunt.

Johnson was killed just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday while walking her baby girl in a stroller near the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 95th Street.

She had allegedly been abused by the baby’s father in the past – and the man was wanted by police for questioning after the shooting, law enforcement and Post officials said on Thursday.

Sources said Johnson’s execution-style murder was “domestic” in nature. A senior police source told The Post that “She was targeted… It was a point-blank headshot and there were powder burns.”

During the vigil, a grieving Desort urged the city and police to take domestic violence cases more seriously.

“[I]It’s not guns, it’s the people shooting the guns,” she said, adding that Adams was doing his best to fight crime in the Big Apple.

“It’s about taking domestic violence seriously[ly].”

Eric Adams comforts the victim's 7-year-old niece
Adams comforted Johnson’s crying 7-year-old niece at Thursday night’s vigil.
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The victim's niece holds a candle at the vigil
The victim’s 7-year-old niece wore a dress given to her by her murdered aunt.
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Johnson's heartbroken mother told those gathered at her daughter's vigil that the city and police needed to take domestic violence cases more seriously.
Johnson’s heartbroken mother told those gathered at her daughter’s vigil that the city and police needed to take domestic violence cases more seriously.
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Adams went on to say that the final shooting felt personal because he had previously worked with Desort when she was a paramedic in town and he was an NYPD officer.

“It hits so close to home,” Adams said.

No arrests had been made as of Friday morning.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/01/eric-adams-embraces-azsia-johnsons-mom-during-vigil/ Eric Adams hugs Azsia Johnson’s mother during the vigil

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