A teenage babysitter shot this week while looking after her young cousin gave police the name of a man before she died.
The shooting happened while Shemel Mercurius, 16, was caring for three-year-old Josiah in her East Flatbush apartment in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, has we earlier reported.
Shemel’s 70-year-old grandmother Joan told reporters, ‘She died before she got to the hospital. But before she died she gave the cops her boyfriend’s name. She told them he shot her.’
‘They’re looking for him. Her boyfriend. Nobody knew that she had this boyfriend. I always told her, “Shemel, you’re a beautiful girl, don’t worry about boys. Focus on your education.”‘
Shemel was originally from Guyana and was declared dead at a Brooklyn hospital. The girl’s father Dexter Mercurius, 38, said, ‘Before she passed she called out a boy’s name. I don’t know if it was the boyfriend or not. I just have questions right now and no answers.’
He also added that Shemel had an order of protection against an ex-boyfriend — who isn’t the person she mentioned.