A 16-year-old Queens woman who was shot in the head after getting right into a playground battle earlier this month has died, the teenager’s aunt confirmed Tuesday.
Claudia Quaatey – who was shot the night of May 10 as she sat in an SUV outdoors Locust Manor Park in St. Albans – hung out on life assist earlier than dying of her grave accidents, her aunt, Benita Bortey, instructed The Post.
“Claudia suffered a extreme mind damage and was positioned on life assist,” Bortey wrote in a GoFundMe web page, geared toward elevating cash to cowl the slain teen’s funeral, medical and different bills. “Claudia fought for her life along with her family members by her aspect, hoping and praying for a miracle. Claudia sadly succumbed to her damage.”
The precise day of her dying is unclear, and will probably be decided by the town medical expert’s workplace, Bortey mentioned.
“The household is now tasked with laying Claudia to relaxation and stays steadfast of their battle for locating justice for Claudia,” she wrote on the fundraiser.
Quaatey had simply settled a beef with one other group of women when the pictures rang out, police mentioned.
Now cops try to find out if the sooner scuffle had something to do with the taking pictures or if the teenager was simply an harmless bystander.
“She had gotten right into a battle,” her father Albert Quaatey, 65, mentioned on the household dwelling the day after the taking pictures, when his daughter was nonetheless hospitalized in a medically induced coma. “My daughter, she doesn’t occur to be in fights like that. Just occurred to be on the incorrect place on the incorrect time.
“The police don’t have a lot to say aside from it was an offended assembly, that was it,” mentioned Quaatey, a building employee who’s initially from Ghana. “So, she’s mind dead.”
Three gunmen fired off “a number of” 9mm rounds — in what legislation enforcement sources believed was a part of a gang-related dispute — earlier than operating off and remaining on the unfastened.
No arrests had been made within the case as of Tuesday.
Quaatey mentioned his daughter dreamed of changing into a nurse and appreciated to braid hair for her associates — and instructed him she was on her approach to do exactly that when she was shot whereas sitting in a Hyundai SUV, which was parked close to the park and out of doors PS 015 Jackie Robinson elementary college, police mentioned.
“Usually I inform her, college days, I don’t need her going out,” her father mentioned. “It wasn’t late, however nonetheless. They all the time referred to as me old-school, however there are these sorts of issues. Too many youthful persons are being killed. I attempted, however how a lot are you able to do?”
Claudia is one in every of six siblings, and was described by her dad as “very loving.”
“Claudia was a sophomore at Queens High School of Teaching and a beloved member of the Jamaica Queens Community,” her aunt posted on the fundraising web page.
“In her free time, Claudia loved operating observe, dancing, styling hair, and spending time with household and associates. She was an aspiring nurse and was all the time compassionate in the direction of others,” Bortey wrote.
“Claudia was all the time the primary to supply assist every time wanted.”
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