High school junior Marilyn Cotto Montanez saved her sister by pushing her away to protect her from a man opening fire with a handgun. The man was firing at two other men who were running to attack a possible friend of the gunman in Yonkers, New York, at 6:30 pm on April 25.
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Marilyn, 18, and her little 9-year-old sister were walking down the street near Morningside and Lake Avenues to get art supplies for school homework as the violent incident broke out. She took a bullet to the head and was then transported to a local trauma center, but they could not save her, officials said, reported the New York Post.
Marilyn’s older brother Julian Cotto said, “She was an angel watching over us. She proved that when she pushed our sister out of the way… she gave her life for our little sister’s life. In my book, she’ll always be my hero.”
Marilyn wanted to go study medicine and was an honor-roll student.
“She was about to go to college to be a doctor,” said a relative, “She was that good with her grades. She was honor roll three times in a row.”
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“Last night, we experienced a tragic event where a young person lost their life due to gun violence,” said police commissioner Charles Gardner in a statement. “The Yonkers Police is dedicating every available resource to apprehend the person responsible for this heinous act.”
He added, “First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” reported NBC New York.
“They’re killing people for no reason,” Montanez’ sister Celimary Ramos said, “Little girl didn’t have nothing to do with it… and you all took my sister’s life for no reason.”
The suspects escaped from the scene, two people were taken later to police custody and an investigation is ongoing.
Gun violence victim. Family members identify Yonkers murder victim as 18 year old Marilyn Cotto Montanez. She was a junior at Lincoln high school in Yonkers and fatally shot in the head near her home last night. @PIX11News @YonkersPD pic.twitter.com/sMZO9oDXff
— Anthony DiLorenzo (@ADiLorenzoTV) April 26, 2019
Police have identified the victim in Thursday’s fatal shooting in #Yonkers as Marilyn Cotto Montanez, 18, of the neighborhood where the shooting occurred. Police ask anyone with information on the shooting to call them at 914-377-7724. https://t.co/BKE2Tt4ASW
— lohud.com (@lohud) April 26, 2019
Family and friends of Marilyn Cotto Montanez embrace as they come to grips with then teen’s sudden & tragic loss. The 18 YO was shot on street while walking with her little sister. @News12WC @News12HV pic.twitter.com/CJ21R62na1
— Lisa Reyes (@LisaNews12) April 26, 2019