The heartbroken parents of a 17-year-old girl who was gunned down in a Brooklyn housing project are demanding justice for their slain daughter – and want alleged killer Sundance Oliver off the streets forever.
“I hope he never makes it out of jail so he can’t do that to anyone,” Tasha Rattray, the mother of teenage shooting victim Keyaira Rattray-Brothers, tearfully told the Post on Tuesday.
“And I’ll be there — me and my family — at every court hearing,” Rattray, 40, said while she cried. “To ensure our voices for Keyaira are heard.”
The father of the slain teenager had harsher words.
“I want him to rot there,” Kevin Brothers told the Post. “It doesn’t make sense for him to come here. What he is doing is not good. He should never come out.”
The Brooklyn teenager was shot in the chest at Kingsborough Houses just after midnight on Tuesday – part of an alleged shooting spree by Oliver that also killed a 21-year-old man and injured a 96-year-old man, police said.
Oliver, who is on parole after serving five years in prison for a 2014 robbery conviction, was the subject of a massive NYPD manhunt before turning himself in to police in the 77th Precinct in Crown Heights. Charges against him were pending.
Keyaira’s grieving father asked why the suspected shooter hadn’t already been behind bars.
“I don’t want to hear ‘No, oh, he’s crazy,'” he said. “I don’t want to hear about it. I don’t want to hear about mental problems or he didn’t take his medicine. Because if that’s the case, why is he out on the street?
“He’s already on parole,” Brothers added. “What is he doing outside anyway?”
His daughter – who attended Manhattan high school and dreamed of being a singer – was taken to Brookdale University Medical Center after the shooting and was later pronounced dead.
Late Tuesday morning, her devastated mother was escorted by police officers to the building where the bloodshed took place.
“I want my baby to have justice,” Rattray said. “The boy who was also shot. I want justice for him too. And a 96-year-old man – and thank God he survived. I feel everyone needs justice.”
She urged the city to do more against gun violence.
“I think they have to do whatever needs to be done to keep these guns off the streets and to keep the neighborhood as safe as possible,” she said.
Rattray said she last FaceTimed her daughter for about nine minutes around 6:30 p.m. Monday.
“We just talked – telling me how her day was going, telling me that she loves me and that she’s coming home soon. I said to her, “Keyaira, be safe out there. I love you too and see you soon’ – not knowing that she would be gone six and a half hours later,” the mother recalled.
Rattray described her late daughter as “a very tough girl” who was “at the same time… loving and caring and supportive and talented.”
“She could sing and dance. Also a bit like a boxer. Keyaira was the typical 17-year-old living in Brooklyn,” she said.
Rattray said she didn’t know if Keyaira knew her alleged killer.
“All I know is Keyaira, she leaves here and goes outside to be with her friends,” she said. “Unfortunately, as they get older, you can’t control who they hang out with or what they do. You just have to let them live their own lives.
“And her life was cut short,” Rattray added. “About what? Only time can tell.”
Additional reporting by Larry Celona
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