Bronx Teen Charged with Murder of 11-Year-Old Girl Had Prior Gun-Related Arrests, Including Attempted Murder Charge
An 11-year-old girl is dead because of New York Democrats’ soft-on-crime policies.
Bronx, New York – A teen boy charged with the murder of an 11-year-old child had prior gun-related arrests, according to the New York Post.
Omar Bojang, now 18, was indicted last month on murder charges in the shooting death of 11-year-old Kyhara Tay.
“Omar Bojang, 18, was driving a moped on Westchester Avenue on May 16 when his passenger, Matthew Godwin, 15, allegedly fired multiple shots intended for a 13-year-old boy, authorities said.” the New York Post reported.
The bullet missed the intended target (also a child) and struck 11-year-old Tay who just happened to be standing outside of a nail salon.
According to the New York Post, Bojang was arrested in 2020 for gun-related offenses, including attempted murder.
However, because Bojang was under the age of 18 at the time of his prior arrests, his records were sealed under New York’s “Raise the Age” legislation, the Post reported.
“If the system would have kept him in jail on just one of the several times he was arrested for a gun, this 11-year-old girl might be enjoying the summer,” a Bronx officer told The New York Post.
The New York Post reported:
The teenage boy charged in the shooting death of an 11-year-old girl in the Bronx is an alleged repeat offender with a string of prior gun-related arrests to his name, The Post has learned — a revelation that sparked outrage from the victim’s heartbroken father.
Prior to Kyhara’s slaying, Bojang was arrested twice in 2020 for gun-related incidents that are sealed under New York’s “Raise the Age” legislation, a law enforcement source said.
Kyhara’s grief-stricken father, Sokpini Tay, told The Post on Friday that the law — which increased the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 — needed to urgently be changed.
“If they get caught having a gun, they should pay some type of time for that. [If] they get caught doing something with a gun, they should get major time for that,” Tay said.
“They shouldn’t be carrying guns. Period.”
Among Bojang’s other brushes with the law included two separate alleged incidents in 2020 that saw him shot in the leg, a source told The Post.
In one of the incidents, which unfolded on Nov. 21, 2020 in the Belmont section of the Bronx, Bojang ended up being arrested for attempted murder after he allegedly shot someone outside a building, the source said.
He also allegedly fired shots at someone in February 2020 and, months later, took a bullet to the knee in an April episode in the Bronx, according to the source.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 22, 2022