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Yonkers police are still on the hunt for an 8th grader who is wanted in the shooting death of an innocent bystander who pushed her younger sister out of the way of the bullets. Marilyn Cotto Montanez, 18, was walking to a corner store when she was caught in the crossfire of a shooting.

Police say Montanez, a high school junior, was walking with her 9-year-old sister near Morningside and Lake Avenues when she was shot around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police say the shooter is 15-year-old Jamir Thompson, who was aiming at a rival in a dispute over a stolen gold chain. Sources say the two rivals were arguing and the argument escalated to gunshots.

Montanez was caught in the middle of the crossfire. She was hit just as she pushed her little sister out of harm's way. The young girl was not injured, according to NBC New York.

Thompson was ID'd as the shooter after police canvassed the neighborhood for leads in the case. Police believe he may have fled the Yonkers area. The Yonkers Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Grief-stricken Yonkers residents placed flowers at a makeshift memorial near the site where Montanez was shot.

  • IAmLegend

    How is he 15 in 8th grade???

  • Shawty

    He's in the streets instead of in the school seats

  • Neicey

    I thought u turn 15 in 8th grade

  • DeJeri

    I was a sophomore in high school when I was 15. He was left back at least once.

  • Shawty

    or twice

  • Yoni7

    Condolences to young Miss Marilyn.
    Why young man, did you have a gun and decided to discharge it. This didn't have to happen.

  • Neicey

    It's been a while for me. if he has a late birthday that will make him 15 or like you said if he got held back one time.

  • Neicey

    Did u turn 15 or 16 your sophomore year. If u turn 16 would that make u 15 as a freshman

  • Guest

    These chirren! Omg! RIP Miss Montanez. Prayers up for your baby sis.

  • justlooking

    Unforuently he was left behind a lot in life. SENSELESS

  • T3

    So fkn sad. His azz should have been somewhere doing homework or studying.

  • Ni Ni

    He might as well gone do his 3 years in juvie.

  • Jethro

    F**k guns! RIH young lady.

  • DeJeri

    I turned 15 during the summer before school started. I was 15 for the entirety of my sophomore year.

  • Mielle Downey

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  • xenaD

    If he has anymore YO cards to pull. Probably not

  • free

    i was a freshman at 14; i was 13 in the 8th.

  • Jethro

    It's safe to say he probably wasn't at the tops of his classes.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Karen Brady

    We still snatching chains? in 2019? RIP Marilyn.

  • Phillybruh

    See stuff like this has me rethinking my oldest going to public school next year, he'll have too take the bus and the train and he's so excited. But this makes me want to keep him in private where the van picks him up right in front of the door.

  • DeJeri

    Try it and see. Kids need to learn a little independence. My daughter was in a public school for elementary school but I plan to put her in a private school for 7th and 8th grade. It's good to have both experiences IMO.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    15 and in the 8th grade..... dam menace to society

  • Phillybruh

    He's been in private since kindergarten, but this high school is one of the best in the city and he was accepted. He is old enough to use lyft without us, so he'll be ok just parental worry...lol

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    No ma’am he should’ve graduated at 13

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    I put my only child through private school. The education she received- phenomenal

    Side note- privileged kids are just as bad

  • Topic Influencer

    My daughter just turned 14 and she in 8th. Yeah math is off. But not too far off.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I blame the parents. I will ALWAYS blame the parents.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Side note- privileged kids are just as bad

    YUP!

  • Topic Influencer

    Not nessc. My baby her bday is in Jan. She just turned 14 and is in 8th. Graduates middle school in June. Some of her friends are still indeed 13 tho. Its a 50/50 split. And yes its a 15 yo or two in the mix who did get held back.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    I was 15 as a sophomore in high school

  • KLove

    15 in 8th grade....that explains a lot

  • Topic Influencer

    Lord this was so so senseless. So much lost in this one split second foolish act. RIH to the young lady. Sad at his loss of his whole life as well. I had a classmate and childhood friend who was with older boys, when they robbed a store and killed the store clerk when we were in 8th grade. He is still locked up. I will be 42 yo next week. Just sad as hell. Whole life gone.

  • Topic Influencer

    Try not too. My classmate below came from a good home. Our moms worked together and his dad was a regular man who still works for the post office. Kids can fall into the wrong crowd. Parents dont always know.

  • WhoKnew

    Wait! This illiterate 'wannabe' gang banger shot an innocent bystander who was doing the right thing by trying to protect her baby sister? GTOF! Catch that little retard, lock him up with Lenny the Looney Lifer and Big Ben first and then fry his little narrow ass.

    R.I.P. little ma ma.

  • NewNew

    I was in 11th grade at 15. He must have gotten kept back a couple of times. Makes me wonder what kind of parental support the young thug had.

  • NewNew

    I was 15 in 11th grade

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Yeah but your daughter is about to go to the 9th grade in August or September.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Yonkers was a SAD city when I was growing up...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Had a friend did the same robbed Taco bell when was in high school heard they got 32 bucks didn't kill anyone..... ended up doing I think ten years..... He was a good guy .... got out and changed his life ....but everyone ain't that fortunate .... he was star football player and got caught up with dem scottdale fools...... but he changed for the better .....it was hard as hell re-entering back into society but he did .... and doing well now ....now this shyt chile ....smh

  • NewNew

    I've never gone to public school but i have heard that the month you were born determines what grade you are put in, so that does seem to make sense.

  • TransMichelle

    Yet, somebody on here the other day commented that "they scared around white men." Black folks BIGGEST danger is black men ...PERIOD! Don't start because anytime black folks get a bit of money they want to move to white neighborhoods and go to white schools including majority white universities. We as a people have issues of epic proportions and nothing is being done about it.

  • Topic Influencer

    he didnt even shoot the store clerk. the other guy folded and admitted he was the shooter. In NC tho, at that time, if you were there you were considered complicit and charged as if you pulled the trigger. He was legit in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong folks. His mother was heartbroken and ended up having a nervous breakdown. He is their only son.

  • NewNew

    Scary how the stupid decisions you make as a youth can ruin yoir whole life. I'm so grateful that I wasn't a knucklehead and that my mother was watching over everything.

  • SpillyNillie

    I agree...kids can come from good homes and get lost. Parents can be damn good parents and still lose kids. That's why I constantly talk to my son about the decisions he makes and how they can alter his life 4EVA...

  • NewNew

    Lord, the company you keep is so important!

  • OvertheMississippi

    Had a classmate from Headstart to middle school. Petty crimes, robbed post office, allegedly raped and killed an old white lady. EXECUTED 2011!!!! Mess started in Headstart. My mom said that he witnessed his mother kill his dad at a very early age though.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Same with my friend ... good guy and told me all the time that was his mistake and he took full responsibility .... when he got out ... he had friends love etc.... but trying to get a job...... possible nfl etc school...anything was slapped down... had to go from scratch ..... Got his GED in jail I think ..... kept making money the right way ...tries tostay away from certain folks...... I told him it was his journey..... to show that it can be done...... and those journeys aren't easy especially if you make a mistake and the world turns against ya..... not the case with this demon up top ....but it is possible to restore faith in thy self!!!!!

  • Trace da Ace

    Where are his parents??? How in the hell did a 15 year old get a hold of a gun??? What is going on with the youth today??? Damn shame that this baby girl lost her life protecting her sister from gun shots.....damn shame....all over what?? a damn gold chain??? really??? Alot of lives changed in a split second....all over what????

  • Topic Influencer

    He is blessed and highly favored. This guy is never coming home or will be given another chance. I am glad your friend is making the most of his second chance. He will continue to thrive bc of it too.

  • Phillybruh

    I'm just looking at getting him to and from safely, I know privileged kids are no better.

  • Topic Influencer

    It truly is. its why I say dont blame the parents. Those are some good folks. He lied and said he was at a football game but they were out riding around and THAT happened. Funny how some stuff feels like it happened yesterday.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Be grateful .... cause I have showed my azz quite a bit in my hay days chile..... and by the grace of God I learned the lesson ..... and trucked forward never repeating again ....and want!!!!!! Those prayers do work!!!!! Saves ya azz

  • Topic Influencer

    God willing. But yes.

  • Diary Of A Fab Black Woman

    This is so sad. It's never the intended target..violence isn't the answer. There is no value of life anymore...that's why I stay prayed up and locked and loaded just in case.

  • OvertheMississippi

    I do also. My classmate's mom killed his dad in front of him.

    When I was student teaching, an affluent student was with a gang of thugs who jacked a dude for his rims (1994), and dude fought back. They killed him. Affluent student had all of the material things, but his parents didn't "parent" because he was out at Sonic in wee hours of morning jacking folks.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    and if your friend still breathing..... he still has work to be done ..... he still can make a difference......... ya never know how God can come through .... living witness to that!!!!

  • Topic Influencer

    Here in NC we have a cut off date. If you were born before Aug 31 you go into say 1st grade. After Aug 31 and you would go to K. It used to be Oct 16. Which I ONLY know bc that is my little bro birthday. and my dad and step mom pleaded their behinds off but no dice. He had to wait a whole extra year. they are pretty staunch about it here.

  • Yoni7
  • bemetoo

    Ooohhhh I can’t wait til they catch him and Trowel him as an adult in there when you get out of Juvie he go to prison at age 18 and them real gangsters pound their little tight booty and make him become their prison bitch

  • TriniHarlem

    A lot of people are not really raising their children. Home training is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Phones and social media raise these children. Not many truly talk to their child to know what's going on. Hell they can't even name their child's friends etc. This might not be the case here but I doubt it.

  • guest

    Two families ruined again!!! Smmfh sad and senseless! He running scared now. He needs to man up and turn himself.

  • HelloToni

    He's 15...He was in the 8th grade. The 8th grade was the last grade he participated in....No way he was going to anyone's school.

  • Topic Influencer

    He still around. I check the NC Dept of Corrections website from time to time and our moms still kick it from time to time. I dont think she even visits much anymore. Couldnt take it. The dad still goes to see him once a month. Its just sad. He grew up in a prison. Smh. I cant.

  • OvertheMississippi

    I have one who will be 17 in November and is a freshman with three credits!!!!!!!! 23 credits to graduate!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Everything ain't on the parents.... hell these kids got Freewill too...... shyt.......Told my daughter this shyt last week when she was showing her azz at school....... I told them folks my child ain't my reflection and I rebuke that shyt stat!!!!!! Cause I know I did some shyt my parents would have never did as a child..... ...we all have freewill to choose wisely and I stress that....because You can feel down on yourself as parent like you failed...... parents (some) do the best they can to instill intergity into these little wippersnappers shid..... I know I do ....... and I want talk down on myself about it....... In my house you do da crime pay the time..... and I ain't supplying money on no books..... shid..... that's enabling.... serve yo punishment hit me up when get out with some good sense!!!

  • guest

    8th grader and 15!?! He was about to drop out if not already...smdh

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Yeah that is sad .... any kind of entrapment .... takes a toll..... but souls like his have a job ..... to help someone else in there..... it all works out even though we can't physically see it

  • Reina1718

    Parents are giving up no info on where he is

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile I be like just damn graduate shyt ...... these schools done plucked my last got damn nerves https://media1.giphy.com/media/116a8zosxwA0SI/giphy.gif

  • YellowSauce

    Well obviously his egg didn't wait to hatch ....hA!

  • TransMichelle

    You need to get your head on straight...!
    https://media3.giphy.com/media/tHMgucXq8enEM9Bv5J/giphy.gif
    There's something SERIOUSLY wrong with you.
    GOOD BYE..!!

  • Trace da Ace

    well they should be charged with harboring a fugitive or hindering an investigation or something....cause he ass needs to be held accountable!

  • Yoni7
  • Yoni7

    WOW!

  • KLo

    SO SAD. Yet, this is why Trump and the BlueKKK treating us inhumane

  • Reina1718

    I agree he’s 15

  • Yup, I said it

    A lot of these parent have these halfraised kids and spoil them while the little terrors are small and cute. They are totally unprepared for the teen yrs and throw them to the school system, social service system, and the streets like some useless pitbull when they start being a problem. The parenting should have started from birth not once they have become bad as hell.

  • PrettyMeka08

    Harsh truth.

  • Christopher Gibson

    So true. Here in Baltimore yesterday a 17y/o was found guilty of murdering a Baltimore County police officer last year. He and four of his friends were in a stolen Jeep, in a residential neighborhood robbing homes during the day (when they should've been in school). The officer responded and he ran her over with the stolen Jeep. After the jury found him guilty yesterday, media reported he laid his head down and started crying. Too late for that- young, could be productive lives lost. Not to mention the officer.

  • Sweetness

    ...and the damn gun probably cost more than the damn chain. Yes I said damn...damn wus wrong with these churrin? My heart is ?.

    RIP young one?

  • GAPeach

    15 in the 8th grade? He was destined to fail.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Naw. Racists have been treating blacks inhumanly since before slavery. We could have a zero crime rate in our community and it wouldn’t make a difference to racists.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Yall better discipline these fatherless thugs.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Lil punk! Just had to use that gun! Now.yake your punishment! Bye!

  • Nunya Business

    My daughter is in the 7th and was 12 and 13 during this school year so she'll be 13 and 14 in the eighth grade. So yeah seems like he was left behind at least one maybe two grades depending on when his birthday is.

  • GAPeach

    I'm so tough on my son, but I try to let him know that it's for his own good. If you ask to go to the corner, that's where you BETTER be when I come looking for you or you gonna have problems. I'm also guilty of fugging him up at the bus stop, in front of his friends. Do. Not. Try Me. I'm not his friend, I'm his mother. People trying to be cool with their kids too much these days.

  • Patricia

    kids with guns! beware of all these little teen and tween boys you see walking with their hands inside their pants. i thought they were just trifling and trying to look sexy or something. i found out they be packing heat!

  • Panther Charleston

    15, 8th grade? Welp. Par for the course.

  • Panther Charleston

    One of these debt machines would've found a way to weasel him in and get'm hooked on loans then threw him out and tossed him to the default dogs.

  • Tony

    Right! And she was 18, and a junior... I noticed that too...

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Yeah 13/14 ish. My sister was 14 because her Birthday was In October and the cutoff was September (I think) but definitely not 15. By 14 they should be headed into their freshman year. Dub 14 will be a freshman when school starts again

  • http://yourpushfactor.com/ Sheila Makena

    I imagine a young man who leads the life that he does wouldn't bother very much with school.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Right and seeing what's transpired he wont even finish 8th grade. That's one thing about these young kids they to scared to fight so they shot and majority of the times they never shot the person they intended on shooting. Can fight or shoot just worthless. I see why my sister is so strict with her 16 year old son.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Right! Damn shame. Where are his parents at?

  • Curtis

    Black women have done a terrible job raising kids. That's all I'm gonna say.

  • Raquel

    Now, you KNOW you about to get dragged like a dog for that comment, right? I have no sympathy for what comes next.

    That comment is valid ONLY if/when women become asexual beings and can procreate dolo. Until then, I think you just ready to argue, huh?

  • cherrypie

    No, your black mom did a terrible job raising you. Don't generalize all black women cause your mother failed in life. That's all I'm gonna say.

  • DeepThinker

    Look like Jigga man!

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    And get blocked, huh?
    fixedthatforyou :)

  • Raquel

    hahaha....right! I don't understand trolls.....lol

  • MsVAllDay

    He is 15 he'll show up.

  • Strappyheels

    This madness must end!!!

  • Strappyheels

    shoot

  • Capricornlady

    I read somewhere that him mama refuses to tell where he is. That says a lot. She raised this miscreant and is full aware of his actions.

  • Raquel

    That's why I thought Nipsey's "murder" was a set up or some false flag. The person who "shot" him "shot" EXTREMELY accurately for a hood n*gga.

  • TriniHarlem

    You made me so proud lol. No but seriously it's necessary. Let me get you together before the system does.

  • TriniHarlem

    ??

  • Reina1718

    Yup the mom should be held accountable then

  • Reina1718

    They didnt kno each other, he was chasing a guy he robbed earlier.. that guy got into an argument with him for being robbed so they drove around he saw the guy he robbed & chased him & jus shot... she was covering her lil sis smh

  • Reina1718

    These kids have no hope for the future, they could care less

  • Reina1718

    & seems like there are no gramas left! Good ol fashion gramas! All these “glamas” out here

  • Reina1718

    Police going to kill him... they have him as armed & dangerous... that means shoot

  • Guest

    Yup! since we are the only women on the planet that make babies all by ourselves.

  • Renee26

    A 15yr old 8th grader?? He's been failing for a while... Smdh

  • Renee26

    Lock her ass up!

  • Renee26

    Sad...says something about that area

  • Kayke

    I’m not helping him evade but I’m also not turning him in. Sorry not sorry!!

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    I'm so sad Ju and our children has to grow up with these children who aren't being raised right, it's so so sad. A 16 year old was killed last week on his birthday and after stealing a car he was in a shootout

  • NewNew

    I find that irritating. I was always the youngest in my grade and started school early because my mom taught me how to read at home. We had a phonics workbook that we worked on together every night before i started preschool. If the child is capable of functioning/learning the material then they shouldn't be forced to be a grade below because of their age. That seems ridiculous to me.

  • Parent

    15 year old in the 8th grade... This child was already headed down the wrong path..

  • Parent

    Yonkers could be worse than the Bronx at times.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    They don't understand themselves that's why they troll!!

  • GAPeach

    Exactly!

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    U right boo I fixed it LOL!

  • imright

    15 in the 8th....18 in the 11th .....???

  • CookieMobster

    This is why I teach Cookie 14 how to raise a garden and his daddy teaches him how to hunt with a bow. I am so worried about what his world will be like when he is my age.

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Praying for all of our children.

  • Dowoop

    Id be snitching on his ass without even being asked to.

  • Vegas1989

    I will collect the money. I would be like he is over to my auntie house hiding in the attic. Pleas go get him in y'all own POV

  • Libby

    RIP little ?.. so sad but happens all to often kids and young adults killing others/friend or foe! Everyday another senseless crime or school shooting!! How/Who gives these kids guns.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I understand what you are saying and I do believe that there are a minority of people that and had good parents and still failed. But,from my work, I have learned to ALWAYS look at the parents and the Norm, it is them.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    Democratic policies have encouraged single motherhood. Young boys cannot be raised properly by a single mother.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    I see this all the time. Thank you.

  • Strappyheels

    Thanks for being cool about it!!

  • Strappyheels

    I was that way too!

  • Bee jaay Cee
  • Alicia.Ashe

    Trolls always mad

  • Yoni7

    As fukk!