*Yesterday over 250 mourners turned out for the funeral for Zurana Horton, the Brownsville woman who was killed in a blaze of gang-related gunfire while picking up her children from school earlier this month. Among those in attendance were NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and the Reverend Al Sharpton, whom the family asked to give the eulogy.
Horton’s 12 children were among those who filled the Cornerstone Baptist Church on Madison Street to remember a woman being called a hero who was shot down while picking one of her kids up from school.
“I can’t make no sense of this. It’s all senseless crimes,” Anthony James, Horton’s half-brother told Brooklyn.NY.1.
It was an emotional service for the 34-year-old Horton, who was shot in the face and chest near IS 298 in Brownsville as she tried to protect a group of children from a hail of gunfire on Oct. 21. Police say she was not the intended target, and another woman and an 11 year old girl were wounded.
At the service, Reverend Al Sharpton talked about her efforts to help others when shots rang out that afternoon.
“This woman is a hero. She died standing up to protect her children. She could have ducked. She could have hid,” he said. “She could have said it’s dangerous. But she saw her children and others in danger, and she did what not enough of you elected and you preachers and you leaders do: she put herself in the way.”
Sharpton also derided Horton’s alleged killer, who indiscriminately opened fire from a rooftop and ran away: “Young men and women claiming buildings as their turf, when they don’t even own the deed,” Sharpton said.
Police say 18-year-old Andrew Lopez has confessed to the shooting, and he’s been charged with second-degree murder. His half-brother John Carrasquillo, who allegedly told Lopez to go up on the roof and “do what you have to do,” was also charged with second-degree murder. And Lopez’s brother Kristian was arrested and charged with riminal possession of a weapon (a baseball bat). According to investigators, the three youths are members of a gang that calls itself “8 block,” and the shooting had to do with a dispute with a rival gang.
Horton’s 12 children are now in the custody of her mother, who has lost three children to gunfire.