Azsia Johnson’s heartbroken mum held back tears as she said ‘the police have failed my daughter’ this week following the death of her 20-year-old son. Lisa Desort’s daughter had filed several domestic violence complaints against her ex-boyfriend before his death.
Alongside New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Ms Desort spoke at a vigil for her daughter on Thursday evening just steps from where the young mother-of-two was shot dead at the manner of an execution as she pushed her three-month-old baby in a stroller.
Ms Desort, a retired paramedic who worked with the mayor when he was an NYPD officer, said Ms Johnson reported her baby’s father for domestic violence but he continued to ‘harass’ her and “threaten” her.
The NYPD has not arrested or charged the 22-year-old – who is now wanted for questioning as a person of interest in Wednesday’s murder.
He is said to have been in contact with family members to check on the three-month-old baby – who was not injured in the attack – but has yet to speak to police, the report said. New York Post.
No suspects have been named and no arrests have been made. The NYPD said they had a person of interest in the case, whom they declined to name publicly, and were investigating Ms Johnson’s murder as a “domestic incident”.
“Let it be known that my daughter had a domestic violence case on the father of her child,” Ms Desort told the Job Thursday.
“We called the police station several times to tell the [domestic violence] unit he was tracking and [harassing] his. Same [though] they knew which apartment he lived in, they failed to apprehend and arrest him.
She said, “The city failed to protect my daughter.
The NYPD did not respond to a request for comment from The Independent.
Mayor Adams said this shooting ‘hit so close to home’ when he realized he had known Ms Desort from their days as first responders.
Speaking at the vigil, he blamed Ms Johnson’s death on the gun violence that has torn many families apart in New York and across the United States in recent weeks.
“The community is traumatized, this city traumatized. That’s what fighting guns on our streets is about. That’s what we talked about,” he said.
“These are real stories, real people losing their lives… [police] Commissioner and I have been to too many hospitals to speak to apologetic family members about what is happening.
“We really need our whole city to come together and send a strong message that we don’t want to wake up to gunfire. We don’t want to see blood on our streets. We don’t want to lose innocent families and children.
Mr Adams said ‘every branch of our criminal justice system needs to be part of this battle and at the moment I don’t feel they are doing that’.
Ms Desort said ‘the mayor is doing his best’ but can ‘only do the same’ as she has denounced the authorities for failing to protect her daughter.
“It’s not guns, it’s people shooting guns,” she said.
“It’s about taking domestic violence seriously.”
She added: “The police have failed my daughter.”
Ms Johnson, who also had a two-year-old child with another man, was abused by her ex-boyfriend when she was six months pregnant with their child, according to her mother.
Ms Desort said her daughter reported the baby’s father to police on January 1 after he assaulted her at her home in Queens.
Police sources told the Job that an arrest warrant has been issued for the man but officers have been unable to find him to take him into custody. When officers attempted to follow up with Ms Johnson. they couldn’t locate her either, they said.
Even after the complaint was filed, Ms Desort said the man continued to ‘harass’ her and stalk her movements.
Ms Desort said she and her daughter reported the threats to a detective but were told no crime had been committed.
When the baby was born, she said the ex-boyfriend found out and contacted the hospital, finding out when she was discharged from the hospital with her newborn daughter.
Ms Desort said she tried to protect her daughter who had moved in with her for a time – but moved to a domestic abuse shelter in East Harlem because they feared the ex- boyfriend come to find her there.
The three-month-old’s father has been identified as a person of interest and investigators are looking to question him in connection with Ms Johnson’s murder.
Ms Johnson had texted family members saying she planned to meet the baby’s father on Wednesday evening to discuss some things, a law enforcement official said. New York Daily News.
The 20-year-old was walking her three-month-old child near 95th Street and Lexington Avenue around 8.23pm when the horrific attack unfolded.
Police said a hooded gunman approached the victim from behind and shot him point-blank in the head.
She was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead. The baby was not injured in the attack.
The suspect – a man wearing a black hoodie and black sweatpants – fled the scene on foot along 95th Street.
The filming took place just steps from the Samuel Seabury Playground, where young children were enjoying a summer evening with friends.
Ms Desort described her daughter as ‘the best mother’ to her two children and revealed that she dreams of being a pediatric nurse.
Wednesday’s violent killing came just hours after New York officials spent the day working to address gun violence in the city at a time when shootings have spiked in New York and across the states. United at large.
On Wednesday, Adams announced the city was filing lawsuits against ghost gun retailers and met with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about cracking down on gun trafficking.
Meanwhile, state lawmakers were working on a gun control bill to ban people from carrying guns in many places, including businesses, unless the sole proprietorship does not specifically say that guns are welcome.
The moves come amid a spike in mass shootings across America in recent months and call for stricter gun control to prevent more communities from being torn apart by gun violence.
Last week, President Joe Biden signed into law a gun safety bill after a bipartisan group of lawmakers worked to introduce and pass the first major federal gun regulations in decades.
However, as the gun control measures were passed by Congress, the very conservative Supreme Court later relaxed gun control in a ruling on Thursday.
Judges have ruled that a New York law that required people seeking to carry a concealed weapon to obtain a permit was unconstitutional, clearing the way for people to legally carry guns on the streets of America without providing a reason specific to do so.
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