The teen basketball player who was struck by gunfire in Brooklyn was fatally gunned down right in front of her sister moments after walking out of their grandmother’s apartment building.
Published: 2022-09-29 12:56 pm
NYC teen hoops star fatally shot in front of sister after leaving relative’s home

The 17-year-old basketball player who was killed by a stray bullet on a Brooklyn sidewalk Wednesday was gunned down right in front of her sister — who relatives fear will be left traumatized after holding her younger sibling in her arms as she died.

“She saw it happen… she was right there,” the older brother of victim Shayma Roman told The Post Thursday. 

“I don’t know how my sister is going to take this. She’s over by grandmother’s or over by the friends. She can’t come home. She can’t come back home, they shared a room, she can’t,” the brother, Shakem, said.  

A male neighbor who witnessed the shooting said Roman’s older sister Tayma Roman clutched her and cried as she waited for an ambulance to arrive.

“[She] was holding her, saying, ‘Shy! Shy!’” the neighbor, who asked that his name be withheld, recalled. 

“She was coming out of the building and barely made it to the stairs… That’s her blood,” he said, gesturing to a dark stain on the sidewalk. 

Shayma Roman was remembered as a beloved member of the community with a bright future.
Facebook/Shayma Roman
Shayma Roman was killed right in front of her older sister.
Gabriella Bass

“She walked out and got shot.” 

The teen’s mom Winter Bradley Layne was distraught when asked about the shooting. 

“Only God could repay this justice,” the mom said. 

“There’s just no other way… We don’t have vengeance. Vengeance is not ours.”

Roman, who lives about a mile away on St. Mark’s Avenue, had just left her relative’s apartment building on Eastern Parkway near Rochester Avenue around 6:15 p.m. when she was struck twice by stray bullets fired by a pair of gunmen – once in the arm and once in the chest, law-enforcement sources and police said. 

When cops responded to the scene, an area that’s home to two warring gangs, they found Roman face down on the pavement in a pool of blood next to empty beer bottles and a pair of dice, the sources said. 

She was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital less than 20 minutes later. 

Two men had opened fire, striking Shayma Roman twice.
Facebook/Shayma Roman

Roman’s brother said the sisters were so close, everyone in the neighborhood called them twins. 

“She and Tayma are like, together like, if one leaves out of the house, the other one will go with her. They was always together, 24/7. People always called them twins because they wear the same clothes,” Shakem said. 

He added Roman was killed just over a month before her 18th birthday on October 30. 

“She was the youngest. That’s my baby sister,” he said. 

Shayma Roman’s family was inconsolable when asked about her death.
Paul Martinka

Roman’s stepfather Anthony sobbed as he remembered the teen’s personality. 

“Sweet, loving, caring, feisty. She tell it like it is,” he said before breaking down into tears. 

Another neighbor said Roman was beloved in the neighborhood. 

“She is so sweet and smart. She’s a star basketball player, a star student. She was really loved by everyone,” the neighbor said. 

Shayma Roman was killed about a month before her 18th birthday on Oct. 30.
Facebook/Shayma Roman

Cops have identified two suspects from surveillance footage but no arrests have been made.

Additional reporting by Larry Celona

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