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.
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].”
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