The heartbroken mother of 11-year-old Kyhara Tay – an innocent bystander who was gunned down by another child – told the Post she doesn’t care about learning the identity of her daughter’s deadly teenage attacker.
She already had one for him.
“I don’t want to know his name, his name is Killer, he’s a killer,” Yahisha Gomez said Saturday afternoon outside the family’s Bronx home.
The suspect, Matthew Godwin, 15, was arrested early Friday for the broad daylight murder of Kyhara, who was killed by a stray bullet on Monday when Godwin allegedly targeted a 13-year-old boy who was not hit.
As Yahisha Gomez stepped out of her apartment on Saturday, she went to Kyhara’s memorial in grief and touched her daughter’s picture. She said her husband was too distraught to speak.
“It is sad to say that the children are killing children. If you hold a gun and shoot a gun and kill someone, you become a murderer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid, if you’re an adult, it doesn’t matter to me, 15 years old, you’re still a killer. I don’t want to know his name, his name is killer, he’s a killer.”
Police officers tracked Godwin to Hotel 95 in the Harding Park area of the Bronx, where the 15-year-old was hiding with his mother, authorities said.
“I understand it as a mother, but as a mother we have to understand that what is wrong is wrong. We need to raise better kids, you know, responsible kids. This kid did that, she has to be responsible as a mother, like, look, you have to pay for what you did.
Gomez said that if the roles had been reversed and her son had been the killer, she “would have done the opposite” because “you have to take responsibility for what you did, you know.”
She said the young gunmen had no regard for life.
“They think it’s fun, they think it’s all jokes, they think it’s all guns, they want to be tough, but at the end of the day it’s sad that kids kill kids,” Gomez said. “They destroy families, they destroy children, they destroy neighborhoods because the kids aren’t safe out here now.”
Kyhara was outside a nail salon in the Bronx around 5 p.m. Monday when the bullet hit her in the stomach. The doomed child staggered into a nearby saloon and collapsed.
First responders then rushed the girl to Lincoln Hospital, where she could not be saved.
Godwin was charged as an adult with murder, manslaughter and dual possession of weapons. Police said they are still looking for the moped’s driver, 18-year-old Omar Bojang.
As for Godwin’s fate?
“I don’t want to say much about this boy … he’s a killer to me,” Gomez said. “He’s going to get what he deserves and God is watching, God is watching and there will be justice for KyKy, no matter a child or not, justice for KyKy.”
https://nypost.com/2022/05/21/mom-of-11-year-old-kyhara-tay-reacts-to-arrest-of-shooting-suspect/ The mother of 11-year-old Kyhara Tay reacts to the arrest of a suspected gunman