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Police have identified a 15-year-old boy who is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old girl in Yonkers last week.
Police say they are working to track down Jamir Thompson, an eighth-grader from Yonkers, in the shooting that killed Marilyn Cotto Montanez on Thursday.
Police say Thompson, who attends the Linden School in Hawthorne, had allegedly robbed a gold chain from a teen earlier in the day of the shooting, resulting in a dispute. That dispute continued later, and they say that’s when Thompson produced a handgun and fired at least one shot, fatally striking Montanez.ADVERTISING
Police say video and witness interviews led to Thompson being identified as the shooter. Police say Thompson will be charged with second-degree murder.
They say Thompson has had past “contact” with police, but declined to release details, citing his age.
A $5,000 reward is now being offered for information that leads to Thompson’s arrest. Police are urging anyone with information to call them at 914-377-7725.
The details on the case were given at a Monday afternoon news conference with the Yonkers police commissioner and other city officials. Commissioner Charles Gardner had a message for Thompson, stating, “We are considering you armed and dangerous. We are out looking for you as we speak, and for the safety of everyone, I urge you to turn yourself in.”
The commissioner also warned that anyone who is harboring Thompson would also be arrested and held accountable, adding, “This incident has deeply affected our community because an innocent life was lost. We will not rest until Jamir Thompson answers for his reckless and despicable conduct.”
Gardner says police believe Thompson is “affiliated” with a local gang, but that the shooting stemmed from the dispute over the chain, and was likely not motivated by gang activity.
Detectives say Montanez was struck in the head with a stray bullet as she and her 9-year-old sister were walking along Morningside and Lake avenues. Police say she was not the intended target. She later died in the hospital.
Montanez’s family says the girls were getting school supplies for an art project when the shooting happened.