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Person Of Interest Questioned In Deadly Shooting Of 19-Year-Old Kristal Bayron Nieves At East Harlem Burger King

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are questioning a person of interest in the deadly shooting of 19-year-old Kristal Bayron Nieves at a Burger King in East Harlem.

So far, no charges have been filed.

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CBS2’s Leah Mishkin spoke with neighbors of the victim’s family as they reacted to the news.

“If it is the person, I hope they charge the person,” Elizabeth Aponte told Mishkin.

Bayron Nieves was shot killed early Sunday morning after a man walked into the fast food restaurant on East 116th Street demanding money from the register.

“I feel bad for her family. My condolences to her family,” Aponte said. “I can’t imagine losing a child. I have three kids of my own.”

Aponte described the Nieves family as polite and private, and said the mom always says hello and goodbye in passing.

“It’s sad that she had to lose her life at a young age, especially just starting to work and trying to be productive in life,” Aponte added.

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The community gathered in front of the Burger King for a candlelight vigil Thursday, and the candles were still burning a day later. Many passing the memorial stopped to pay their respects.

“It’s a shame, because that girl is somebody’s child,” said Ali Jordan. “They really should pay for it, because that was evil.”

Kenya Webb dropped off flowers and a Teddy bear.

“He didn’t have to kill no 19-year-old girl,” she said. “No, no, that’s just not acceptable right there.”

Signs on the wall bear messages that read, “I wish you can come back,” and “Harlem will never forget you.”

Webb said she’s upset and can’t stop thinking about the shooting.

“I really, really hope they find out who did that, I do. I’m angry,” she said.

A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

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CBS2’s Leah Mishkin contributed to this report.

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