CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (WABC) — A mother is speaking out after one of her nine sons was fatally stabbed last week in Coney Island. Now she is demanding answers as police search for her teenage son’s killers.
On Sunday night in the cold rain, family and friends mourned 17-year-old Nychim Wright, with many questions about why he was taken from them so soon — by whom — and whether they would hear from any other city leaders who would admit their broken heart.
“Where is the city to stay behind this family? Where is the support?” said family member Nicky Croft.
“No one from City Hall even sent me a condolence message,” said the victim’s mother, Simone Brooks.
Brooks saves his strength for his family. Of her nine sons, Nychim was about to become the first to earn a high school diploma and graduate early.
“He just turned 17 on Jan. 2 — he was supposed to graduate in March,” Brooks said.
Liberation High School’s principal describes him as a hard worker and student leader. His family says he wanted to go to college.
Nykhim was walking from school on Friday with other teenagers when his group got into an argument with another group. The argument escalated when they chased him on Rusalak Avenue.
“And they decided to use a weapon and now I don’t have my son with me today,” Brooks added.
CCTV captured him being taken to an ambulance that took him to Maimonides Hospital, where he died on Saturday.
“I’ll remember his smile and his quirky attitude and how much he reminded me of myself and always wanted me to do better,” said Nyhim’s older brother, Jaquin Wright.
Naihim also leaves behind a twin.
“He was so loyal to his family. Such a devotee. And his twin brother was his heart,” added his mother.
Although Sunday’s memorial candles will be extinguished by the rain, his loved ones are keeping his memories bright – setting up a GoFundcMe to cover funeral expenses and praying for justice. They say whoever is responsible should do the right thing and turn himself in.
Police say they are looking for more than six attackers, including the young man who injured Nychim, as well as the weapon used. They review the video and interview witnesses.
So far there have been no arrests.
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