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Rally for 15-year-old Shooting Victim

June 29, 2011

By ALEX KRATZ and DAVID GREENE

Local residents say witnesses need to come forward with information about the shooting of 15-year-old Yvette Marie Torres, who took a bullet to the back of her head while apparently trying to break-up a fight during a party in the Fordham area on June 11.

At press time, Yvette, a student at DeWitt Clinton High School, was in critical condition at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital.

With police apparently making little progress on the case, a group of concerned people, led by Nelson Figueroa, a childhood friend of Yvette’s mother, created a Facebook page, and set up a phone line and e-mail account so witnesses, who might be scared to talk with police, could come forward with information that might lead to the shooter.

On Saturday, June 25, near where Yvette was shot, on the corner of E. 187th Street and Valentine Avenue, the group had scheduled a “Rally for Yvette” to try and drum up witnesses and information.

Ed. Note: Anyone with information about this crime can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), submit to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. Additionally, local resident Nelson Figueroa says witnesses can call (347) 670-3843 or write to JUSTICE4EVIE@gmail.com.

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