By Carol Tannenhauser
The young man who was shot on West 109th Street near Columbus Avenue on the night of July 14th died on July 20th, an NYPD spokesperson told WSR.
His name was Kenneth Azuris, and he was 19 years old.
His story does not end there. Determined not to be another “devastated mother” whose child fell prey to gun violence, Marisol Azuris, 54, “found a way to keep her boy alive,” The Daily News reported.
Marisol has a friend whose brother had been waiting for a heart transplant for five years. “She decided to donate (Kenneth’s) organs and turn her pain into purpose,” she told The News. In addition to his heart, she donated his kidneys to his grandfather and another family friend. ‘You feel a peace, you feel a tranquility of spirit,’” she said. “You feel like your kid is saying, ‘I’m here, Mom.’”
Kenneth had been standing in front of 67 West 109th at 9 PM on July 14th, when a white Mercedes drove by and a masked passenger fired several shots, hitting him in the right side of the head, The News reported. “Police sources said Kenneth was armed with a gun and shot first…(and) the shooting was the result of a long-standing dispute between Kenneth Azuris, the driver and the gunman…Marisol Azuris told The News she believes she knows the people who killed him.”
*“‘I don’t have time to cry. I just have time to make sure that this doesn’t keep happening,’” she said. “If the mothers of Columbus Avenue are quiet, our kids are going to keep dying. All I ask is that the government gives all the rights and power back to the police so they can do their jobs. It’s our kids that are dying.’”
*This paragraph was added after initial posting.
Police released the surveillance video below showing part of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD‘s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).