The outbreak of gun violence commenced shortly after midnight, persisting for nearly 24 hours until the victim count reached 11.
Among the fatalities was a 16-year-old adolescent, who perished in a shooting within the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn. Detectives examining the incident uncovered video evidence purportedly showing two suspects fleeing the scene.
At a vigil held on Tuesday evening in memory of 16-year-old Amiere Hayes, Shneaqua Purvis from Both Sides of the Violence expressed her weariness, stating, "I am so tired, tired of witnessing mothers weep, tired of assisting in the burial of their children."
Relatives and community organizations congregated to honor Hayes, asserting that he was merely at the wrong place at the wrong time. Police reports indicate that the teenager was walking home along Marcus Garvey Boulevard when he was shot by one of two individuals captured on surveillance footage wearing face masks.
Loved ones describe Hayes as a well-behaved youngster who excelled academically and eagerly anticipated working during the summers. His elder sister mentioned that he often took care of her, adding, "You would assume that I would be the one teaching him things, but he taught me numerous lessons—how to love unconditionally."
Authorities have not disclosed a potential motive behind the teenager's killing.
Detectives remained busy throughout the holiday Monday, responding to a spate of shootings scattered across four of the five boroughs. As the day progressed, four separate shootings claimed the lives of men in the Bronx and Manhattan. In addition, six individuals survived three shootings, including three women wounded in Washington Heights and two individuals on Staten Island, all within a few hours of one another.
Expressing her frustration regarding the escalating bloodshed, Purvis exclaimed, "When will it cease? When? When?"
At the vigil for Hayes, red and white balloons were released into the sky. While the boy's mother prepares to lay her son to rest, others across the city are also bracing themselves to bid farewell to their loved ones.
According to police information, overall shootings in New York City have decreased by 24% compared to the same period last year.