Three days after Nicoleia Taylor, 24, was shot in the middle of the day in Bed Stuy, police were still looking for a suspect and neighbors were expressing worry.
Neighbors react to the death of Taylor, a nurse who was hit by a stray bullet in the courtyard of Lafayette Gardens, on DeKalb Ave. A suspect, Corey Brown, 21, is still on the loose.
“It’s sad, the things that go on in this neighborhood. It’s nothing new though,” said Israel a neighbor and friend of Taylor’s stepfather, who did not want to give his last name.
Taylor was heading to the gym with her sister, Sheohnna Taylor, when Brown and two other unidentified men approached them, according to DNAinfo New York. The website reported Wednesday that “Sheohnna Taylor said she had known Brown for about 10 years, and saw him shoot her sister.”
According to published reports, Sheohnna and her boyfriend had been arguing with Brown the day before the shooting occurred. The neighbor, Israel, supported these claims. “Sheohnna stays into things,” he said. “Her and her boyfriend were arguing with the guy.”
Nicoleia Taylor was a single mother of one, reportedly a 4-year-old son.
Though neighbors expressed concern about the violence, one man, Curtis, 59, said he refused to be chased out of the neighborhood. He declined to give his last name. “My mom has been here since 1962, since this building opened,” he said. “She made me promise to stay, so I’m not leaving. Not till I die.”