“I’m only meeting with the press because I’m pleading that this not happen to another New Yorker, that it does not happen to another family,” Vile said.
Sources told the New York Post that the NYPD is looking to question Andrew Abdullah regarding the shooting. Abdullah has 19 prior arrests, which makes Vile think about other instances of how city and state policies have made it easier for criminals to be repeat offenders.
Vile recalled how roughly a year ago she witnessed a shooting in her neighborhood, recognized the suspect as the same person who had committed previous crimes in the area, and learned that he had been released later that same day.
She now lives with her family in what she called “a great neighborhood,” but she fears for her city. When she heard that her brother had been killed, ella dijo, she hoped it was a car accident and not a violent act.
Vile, Enriquez, and the rest of their family were originally New Yorkers living in Brooklyn. They left for California due to crime, ella dijo, recalling how both of her parents were attacked.
They eventually returned to New York, but Vile is upset about what has happened to the city, with rising crime during the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing recovery period.
“I don’t want my brother just to be a passing name in the media, a passing name in our normalcy, post-pandemic,” ella dijo.
“If you take the pulse of the city, everyone is afraid,” ella dijo.
Vile hopes that lawmakers and police are listening and will work harder to bring the city back to being the safe place it had been.
“Because we worked remote for so long, we have to go back. For our children, we have to go back to normalcy,” ella dijo. “In order to do that, MTA, Policía de Nueva York, Albany, el alcalde, the governor … have to work to find out what they can do to minimize this crime and address it.”