Crystal Sweet, 22, (NYC) who was believed to have been pregnant, was shot three times in the head and neck and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Her boyfriend, Timothy Walter, who had a long rap sheet that included past arrests for murder and narcotics charges, also was shot and killed. The bullets began flying about 5 a.m. Sunday at the Sheepshead Bay Houses on Avenue W near Nostrand Avenue, police said.
This photo was taken just a few hours before Crystal's murder. She posted it on her Facebook page and was wearing this orange dress when she was gunned down.
"It was hard for me when they took the body," said Sweet's distraught mother, Josephine Rodriguez. "I wanted to run and say, 'Crystal, Crystal, I'm there for you!' It's so hard. I couldn't tell her I loved her. I couldn't say goodbye." Sweet's mom said her daughter had been working as a home health worker and wanted to help handicapped children.
Crystal leaves behind a 5-year-old daughter, Lydia (pictured above).
Claudia Millan, 28, a Bronx mother of four was returning to her East Tremont apartment from a nearby store about 11 p.m. Sunday when she was shot in the face, in front of her youngest child.
Millan was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, but couldn't be saved. Police haven't made an arrest.
"All she was doing was walking her kid up the street," he said. "Her kids were waiting for her and she never made it to the door." Neighbor Edith Rivera - who was watching Millan's three other children - heard the shot and ran out to find her friend lying on the pavement next to her toddler son Jahmere.
"She was holding his hand," said Edith Rivera, 57. "She was a good mother. She's about her kids.
Michael Escobar, 50, said he rushed to pull the boy away from his bleeding mother.
"He was down on his knees trying to hold her," he said. "She was bleeding out of her head. I tried to stop it. I just couldn't." Millan leaves behind an 11-year-old son, who is blind, an 8-year-old daughter, a 7-year-old son and the 2-year-old, Rivera said.