CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (WABC) — A Brooklyn community devastated and angered by the stabbing death of a 17-year-old boy is praying for justice as police search for as many as six people involved in the teenager’s murder.
Those who knew and loved Nychim Wright remembered him on Tuesday. Those who know and love this Coney Island community are asking her to reflect.
“Nihim was just a loving 17-year-old. He was enjoying life, enjoying school, learning who he was,” said Liberation High School Principal April Leong.
“A very good person. He was determined, focused on what he wanted to do and made everyone proud,” said friend and relative Anavea Nieves.
Local leaders and those involved in the violence gathered at the Rite Aid parking lot where Wright fell after being stabbed in a fight after school on Friday, just a few blocks from his home. They had a message for parents.
“Please know what your children are doing,” they said.
They also had a message for the youth.
“Please support each other. We have to see tomorrow. We have to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said New York City Councilman Ari Kagan.
“I just hope that the community as a whole can take responsibility for the roles that we have to play to avoid these tragedies,” Leong said.
The principal of Wright High School comforted her school community.
“The message lives on for Nychim and will accomplish all that he will not be able to accomplish,” she said.
Wright’s heartbroken mother says there are lessons for an area that has struggled with youth violence.
“If the kids had something to do, I think they would be busy,” Wright’s mother, Simone Brooks, said. “And there wouldn’t be as much going on, and that always worried me because I have sons.”
As New York City police continue to search for the six young men or teenagers who attacked Wright, his family and the grieving Coney Island community are urging anyone who knows who did it to come forward.
“If you know your son is someone the police are looking for, which you already know, turn him in,” Brooks said. “It could be your child. It could be your child who could be dead. It could be anyone. So just hand them in. I would.”
“In this case, justice will look like parents getting to be parents,” said Derrick Lateef Scott of Operation HOOD. “Instead of looking for law enforcement to do their job. Do your job. Be a parent.”
A GoFundMe page began covering Wright’s funeral expenses.
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