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New York teenager Angellyh Yambo, who was shot dead in the Bronx, was a “beautiful soul,” say family and friends

The 16-year-old girl, who was shot dead on Friday after being caught in the crossfire of a shooting near her South Bronx high school, was a straight A-grade student and a “beautiful soul,” her grieving aunts told the Post.

Angellyh Yambo became the latest victim of the unfolding gun crisis in New York City, according to police and her relatives, when two “brazen criminals” opened fire a block from University Prep Charter High School at around 1:45 p.m., beating her and two other teenagers .

“She was a girl who went to school and came straight home. She was never on the street,” Aunt Margarita Yambo said of her late niece. “She was one of the sweetest girls you would ever meet.”

The teenager’s parents were “devastated,” said Yambo, 38, whose brother is Angellyh’s father.

Another aunt, Elvia Henriquez, 36, described the slain girl as “loving, caring”.

Henriquez said her sister, Angellyh’s mother, “didn’t say much” as she was “still in shock.”

“She’s very incredulous right now,” Henriquez said.

Angellyh Yambo takes a mirror selfie
Angellyh Yambo, pictured here in 2020, was shot and killed a block from University Prep Charter High School on Friday.
Facebook / Angellyh Yambo
Angellyh Yambo wears light eyeshadow
Friends will remember Yambo for her love of Beyoncé and Rihanna music.
Facebook / Angellyh Yambo

Police hadn’t officially released the girl’s name Friday night, but both aunts confirmed the loss of their beloved niece, who NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell described earlier Friday as “a young woman with a bright future.”

NYPD Chief Timothy McCormack of Bronx Detectives said the violence began when a man across the street “gesturing at someone,” drew a gun, and began shooting as schoolchildren walked nearby after class.

The other two unintended targets – a girl and a boy, both also 16 years old – should survive.

It was just the latest in a string of shootings that have killed or injured children across the city this year.

“Because of this gun violence, I’m afraid to go outside every day,” said Margarita Yambo.

“Put more cops on the street, on every corner. I do not know. I don’t know,” she continued, her voice breaking. “It’s not something that should have happened.

“I hope they find these animals,” she added of the shooter. “Hire yourself or I hope the cops catch ’em and they’ll go to jail for life.”

Police respond to a shooting at East 154 in the Bronx on April 8, 2022.
Police respond to a shooting at East 154 in the Bronx on April 8, 2022.
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Yambo told the Post her niece was a “good girl” who stayed out of trouble and focused on her schoolwork.

“She was a beautiful soul. She was a straight-A student,” the grieving Bronx woman said in a phone interview.

“She had her whole life ahead of her.”

The slain teenager had three brothers and was “a great big sister,” Yambo said, adding that her niece “loved makeup” and excelled at it.

Henriquez, the sister of the victim’s mother, said Angellyh’s siblings are having a “really hard” time dealing with their sister’s senseless death.

“Be careful what you do during an argument,” said the distraught aunt. “Think before you do anything. People, innocent people, are losing their lives because of situations that aren’t worth it.”

Angellyh Yambo smiles in floral shirt
“She was a girl who went to school and came straight home. She was never on the street,” said Angellyh’s aunt, Margarita Yambo. This photo was taken in 2019.
Facebook / Angellyh Yambo

The supervisor of a building near the scene of the East 156th Street shooting said the mother of the killed girl arrived after first responders tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate her daughter, who was shot in the torso.

“The mother screamed hysterically. The police held her back,” he told the Post. “I felt her pain in her scream. Nothing is louder than a mother’s cry.”

The video showed police officers giving the girl chest compressions while she was sprawled in a pool of blood on the sidewalk.

“She didn’t deserve to be put down the way she was. . . I’m heartbroken,” said Hazel Cheeseboro, Angellyh’s childhood best friend. “Her mother was heartbroken. She’s trying to hold on, but she’s not feeling great. I mean, she just lost her daughter, but she’s trying.”

Angellyh Yambo Certificate
Yambo’s aunts said she was “a young woman with a bright future.”
Facebook / Angellyh Yambo

The 15-year-old girl shared fond memories of Angellyh as she tearfully spoke to The Post at the East 156th building, which both teenagers called home.

“She always looked at the good side, never the bad side of anything. She was,” said Cheeseboro, who learned of the tragedy after seeing “RIP Angellyh” posts on Facebook.

“It was a fun person to be with. She didn’t like seeing someone angry or sad at all. She always cheered people up. If you were downstairs, she was the person to call.

Angellyh enjoyed playing video games like Call of Duty and Fortnite and jamming to music by Beyoncé and Rihanna, her pal said.

Angellyh Yambo was 16 years old.
Angellyh Yambo was 16 years old. Here she poses with friends in 2018.
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Friends will remember Yambo for her love of Beyoncé and Rihanna music.
“She had her whole life ahead of her,” Margarita Yambo told the Post.

The teenager said her friend had just started college prep for the ninth grade. When the two last saw each other last Saturday, Angellyh was looking forward to making new friends at school and applying for summer jobs.

The other two injured teenagers attended Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School and University Heights Secondary School, which are on the same campus as the slain girl’s high school.

The suspect, believed to be in his 20s, jumped into a vehicle and fled.

Additional reporting by Jack Morphet

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