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Brooklyn Community Sick Of The Violence (VIDEO) As Mother Of 13 Dies Shielding Children From Another Gang Shootout

Zurana Horton, 34, was hailed as a hero Friday after she was shot in the chest while shielding a group of children from bullets fired from a Brownsville rooftop.

Also wounded were 11-year-old Cheanne McKnight, who suffered a grazed right cheek, and Unique Armstead, 31, a Brooklyn mother who was shot in the left arm after picking up her son from Public School 298.

Cops were still hunting for the gunman and a second suspect. The shooting is believed to be gang-related.

By the afternoon, a makeshift memorial honoring Horton had formed at the scene outside Lucky Supermarket on Watkins St., consisting of 14 candles, three stuffed animals and a few cards with handwritten notes inside.

"From a mother to a mother, thank you,"
one of them read.

"That's my baby! My baby is gone!"
Zurana's mother Denise Peace wailed before leaving her courageous daughter's apartment.

"I can't believe it. I can't believe it."

Horton's loved ones said the devoted mother of 13 lived for her children. They ranged in age from 1 to 18.

"She gave her life for those kids, and she would have done it all again because that's just the kind of person she was,"
said Horton's ex-boyfriend, O'Niel Vaughn, 43, the father of eight of the children, three of whom are disabled.

Vaughn said his children's mother had long talked about moving her family out of the crime-infested neighborhood. She had 14 kids, but lost one to pneumonia three years ago.

"She was worried about the violence,"
Vaughn said. "She said she wanted to move and buy a house for her kids. Those kids were her life."

Many of Horton's kids still didn't know late yesterday that their mother was dead, Vaughn said.

"I didn't tell the younger kids yet,"
said Vaughn, who lives with the three disabled kids, while the rest lived with Horton. "The older ones know. They're devastated."

The tragic loss of a child is all too familiar to Zurana's mother Denise as this is the third child she's lost.

In 1991, she lost her 16-year-old son, Quan, who was shot in a robbery for his "8-ball" jacket in Bushwick. Another son, Zacquran, was shot and killed in the same neighborhood last year.

“I’m so mad that I get numb,”
Peace said. “I don’t know how I feel. I have to be strong for my grandchildren. I have not broken down yet.”

Zurana's murder can prove to be a newly found awakening for the violence plagued Brownsville neighborhood as members of the community are now voicing their frustrations with the living conditions.

More than 100 people gathered to remember Zuranna Horton, 34, at the scene of her shocking slaying near a Brooklyn school and demanded that anyone with information about her murder come forward.

“It’s not snitching, it’s saving a life!”
crowd members roared.

Residents placed candles, teddy bears and other memorabilia near the scene of Horton’s murder while comforting her eldest daughter, Jenisha.

The 15-year-old wept as she approached the scene and hugged strangers who swooped in to offer her comfort.

“This needs to stop now,”
said resident Antonio Redman. “An innocent mother is killed picking her kids up from school. These jerk punks need to pay for this.”


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Comment by BIG F* on October 25, 2011 at 4:53pm
THE CLEAN UP NEED TO FIRST START IN THE SYSTEM IT SELF!!! BUT THE SYSTEM NOT GOING TO CHANGE IF THE COMMUNITY DON'T PUSH FOR THE CHANGE. LETS GO BACK IN OUR ROOTS FOR A SECOND, WHEN OUR ANCESTORS WANTED A CHANGE THEY WENT OUT AND CAME TOGETHER TO FIGHT FOR THAT CHANGE AND A LOT OF THINGS WE HAVE AND CAN DO TODAY CAME FROM THEY FIGHT. BACK TO THE STORY, NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY IS THE WORST STATES ON THE EAST COAST BUT THE PUNISHMENT IS WEAK FOR THESE CRIMINALS. THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL A PERSON SHOULD BE CAUGHT WITH A GUN AND THEY ARE WALKING THE STREETS IN A WEEK OR SO. OR A PERSON BEEN LOCKED UP 5 OR 10 TIMES BEFORE THEY REACH THE AGE 21. OR A PERSON KEEP GETTING LOCKED UP FOR THE SAME THING AND ALL THEY GET IS A SLAP ON THE HAND AND SENT HOME. OR A PERSON RECORD IS 10 MILES LONG BEFORE THEY REALIZE THAT PERSON IS A PROBLEM TO THE SOCIETY. US AS BLACK PEOPLE ARE KILLING EACH OTHER FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS, ME PERSONALLY I'M NOT A KILLER BUT I WILL KILL IF I REALLY NEED TOO (NO MATTER WHO IT IS). THEN THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE OUT HERE THAT SEE THINGS BUT ARE SCARED TO SAY ANYTHING BECAUSE THERE IS A GREAT CHANCE THAT THEY ARE NEXT. I AGREE WITH "CAROLYN JOHNSON" IDEA ABOUT JUST SENDING A LETTER OF WHAT YOU SEEN OR KNOW BECAUSE IT'S A START FOR THE DETECTIVE AND IT WOULD AT LEAST GIVE THEM A LEAD. IF A PERSON GO TO THEM IN PERSON THEN THEY WANT YOU TO COME TO COURT AND TESTIFY AND NOW THEY LIFE IS IN DANGER. THIS IS WHAT I THINK NEED TO BE DONE, 1. THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS NEED TO BE INVESTIGATED AND CLEANED UP OF CORRUPT OFFICERS, BECAUSE THEY ARE BEHIND A LOT OF CRIMES OUT HERE. 2. THE COURT SYSTEM NEED TO LIMIT THE PEOPLE WHO CAN COME IN THE COURT ROOM WHEN SOMEBODY IS TESTIFYING ABOUT A VIOLENCE CRIME (EVEN THE POLICE OFFICERS). 3. THE SYSTEM NEED TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE MORE AND MAYBE THEY WILL START TALKING. 4. THEY NEED TO BRING THE DEATH PENALTY BACK AND THE THREE STRIKE LAW. 5. THEY NEED TO TREAT CRIME IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY THE SAME AS THEY WOULD TREAT CRIME IN THE WHITE COMMUNITY. 6. BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND LOVE EACH OTHER AS THEY ARE YOUR BROTHER OR SISTER. 7. BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO START THINKING BEFORE THEY ACT BECAUSE NINE OUT OF TEN WHEN YOU ACT FIRST IT'S ALWAYS THE WRONG ACT. 8. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A PERSON JUST TALK TO THEM BECAUSE WHEN YOU KILL YOU ARE NOT JUST TAKING THEM YOU ARE TAKING SOMEBODY FATHER, MOTHER, SON, DAUGHTER, SISTER, BROTHER, AUNT, UNCLE, OR BEST FRIEND. 9. THE COMMUNITY NEED TO START SPEAKING UP INSTEAD OF TURNING THE OTHER WAY OR TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF IT THEY SELF. 10. LOVE AND RESPECT THE KIDS BECAUSE THEY REALLY NEED US AND WHATEVER WE DO THEY COPY IT. I BELIEVE IF THEM 10 THINGS ARE DONE THEN WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO A BETTER WORLD. I'M PRAYING THAT GOD CAN BE THERE TO WORK WITH THAT FAMILY THROUGH THIS AND GUIDE THEY FATHER TO GIVE HIM THE SUPPORT THAT HE WILL NEED TO RAISE THEM KIDS. I'M ALSO PRAYING THAT THEY GET WHO EVER WAS OUT THERE SHOOTING AND FATALLY SHOT THAT WOMEN AND THE REST OF THEM PEOPLE WHO GOT SHOT THAT DAY. A PERSON WHO CAN HAVE A SHOOT OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY WHILE KIDS ARE GETTING OUT OF SCHOOL AND IN THE PRESENTS OF KIDS ARE A PERSON THAT REALLY DON'T NEED TO BE ON THE STREETS AT ALL!!! ME PERSONALLY I THINK IT SHOULD BE A LIFE FOR A LIFE ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S A INNOCENT PERSON LIFE GET TAKING. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS EVERYBODY GOT DIFFERENT RULES, THE STREETS HAVE THEY RULES AND THE SYSTEM HAVE THEY RULES. BUT IF EVERYBODY FOLLOW GOD RULES THEN THERE WOULD BE NO PROBLEM IN THE WORLD!!!
Comment by BigBlackjr on October 25, 2011 at 10:46am
So true @Carolyn I never looked at it that way more and more you guys lead the way Big Up to the Sisters
Comment by BigginsMarie on October 25, 2011 at 8:46am
Things need to change in the black community but it is going to have to start in the home, not in the streets. It's wonderful what this mother did to protect the young people and God bless her, but that is the fathers job. They are suppose to protect and provide so that the mothers can focus on nurturing and teaching and emotional support. I know 8 of the kids fathers was doing his thing raising the 3 disabled babies, which I'm sure is difficult but I can't help but wonder where the other baby daddy(ies) is.
Comment by carolyn johnson on October 25, 2011 at 8:37am
people if you dont wont to go to talk to the police then get a stamp a sheet of paper  an envelope and write a dam letter cause if you dont let the cops know than these sob's will keep killin cause they dont care i also think you can sent email to police station all these people  kids gettin kill because of someone eleses drugs got to stop cause they cant fight hand to body it got to be dont the cowards way with a gun  i notice when it comes to fightin woman use their hands but    m   a   n     run for  a gun if figtin is the last resort than use you dam hands
Comment by Nov3mb3rbaby on October 25, 2011 at 5:45am
Our people always come out to protest and then a day or two later everyone goes home and forgets about it. This young womans mother has now lost three of her childrdn to gun violence. Should we also say that she had to many also? It doesnt take alot to get pregnant for most healthy women but it appears that this young woman had most of her children living with her. At the end of the day, the violence, shootings and babies making babies will never stop because these are the times that we have been and are living in. At the end of the day, this woman lost her life doing what parents do every day. It could have been me or any other mom.The amount of children, who the fathers are, etc. doesnt matter. The only relative factor is that some fools took it upon themselves to fire guns in broad daylight and took her life. Lets stop bashing each other. Have a blessed day all. Love and light.
Comment by BigBlackjr on October 25, 2011 at 12:16am
Mad props to her I really fell it for her children but on the real it hard to over look that at 34 she has 13 children wow how did she manage?
Comment by Bombahdrop on October 24, 2011 at 10:34pm
I realized that along time ago BigginsMarie, you are right again. All those that lost a loved one in the streets before this woman, has not changed a single thing.
Comment by Shawn on October 24, 2011 at 10:34pm
Bring the troops from iraq and put them in brooklyn
Comment by BigginsMarie on October 24, 2011 at 10:27pm

She sounded like a fine woman. 14 kids is a lot, but seems like she was taking care of them and gave her life for them, so more power to her. As long as she's taking care of all her kids. 

 

I also agree that the violence needs to stop, but every time there's a shooting everyone "voices their outrage and say the violence has got to stop" but in reality..nothing changes.

Comment by Nov3mb3rbaby on October 24, 2011 at 10:17pm
May this woman, mother, daughter, sister r.i.p. and I pray that they fund the perpetrators because some of her children could have been taken away as well but she shielded them (as a mother should do). She protected them. Hopefully, their lives will be better and they will all make something out of themselves. This is so sad.

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