Teenager charged in murder of 16-year-old caught in crossfire outside New York school

A Bronx teenager was charged Tuesday with fatally shooting a 16-year-old girl who was caught in the crossfire of a shooting on her way home from school last month.

Jeremiah Ryan, 17, pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder and related charges in the April 8 death of Angellyh Yambo near University Prep Charter High School, according to prosecutors.

Ryan was also charged with assault and gun possession felonies for injuring two other 17-year-old teenagers who were also hit by the stray bullets, Bronx prosecutors said.

Ryan, who allegedly committed the crime with a “ghost gun” – an untraceable weapon assembled from parts bought online – opened fire after getting into a confrontation with a group of alleged gang members.

“On a Friday afternoon, the defendant allegedly fired multiple shots, fatally wounding Angellyh Yambo near her high school,” prosecutor Darcel Clark said in a statement. “The shooting also injured two 17-year-old high school students and left a community devastated and traumatized.

“We mourn the loss of this promising young woman and pray for the two teenagers who survived,” Clark said.

Police are investigating a cordoned-off crime scene in broad daylight.
Ryan pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and the related charges in the April 8 death of Yambo near University Prep Charter High School.
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A police officer patrols the scene of the shooting behind yellow tape.
Ryan allegedly carried out the crime with a “ghost gun.”
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A judge ruled last month that Ryan should be tried in the Supreme Court rather than family court – ensuring he faced a harsher sentence than he would have faced as a juvenile.

As a juvenile defendant, if convicted, he still faces a lighter sentence of up to 15 years instead of the 25 years he would have expected as an adult.

Ryan’s defense attorney, Deveraux Cannick, said he received “a significant amount” of information in the case.

“We will now begin reviewing and studying evidence to see what is there and where it is taking us,” the attorney said, declining to comment further.

A photo of the outside of a four-story school building.
University Prep Charter High School. Teenager charged in murder of 16-year-old caught in crossfire outside New York school


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