A resident of a Brooklyn housing project where a 12-year-old girl was killed says that if soldiers can be sent to the Middle East they also should be sent to New York's war zones.
"The tenants here want the National Guard brought in. They feel that if the National Guard can be sent to Iraq, then they ought to be brought to Brooklyn," said the resident of the Cypress Hills project, who identified herself only as Mildred."Just that nobody cares about us," she added.
On Monday, children played near a patch of blood where Laykama Taylor - known as Sugar - was shot in the back while playing Sunday afternoon.
The Daily News reported Tuesday that the girl may have been killed because of a family squabble, rather than being the victim of a bullet intended for someone else.
Her aunt, Pee Taylor, told the newspaper that Laykama had argued with another 12-year-old three days earlier and that older members of both girl's families had been dragged into the fight.
"That wasn't a stray. That bullet was meant for her," the aunt said.
On Friday in Harlem, another 12-year-old girl was shot and wounded while playing in a playground.
Fifteen children have been shot in New York City since July 22, police said. Laykama was the sixth to die.
Many Cypress Hills residents say they are so overwhelmed by the drug-related violence they simply don't leave their apartments. Some tenants, like Mildred, want the National Guard called in.
"It's like a terror all the time here," said Trina Williams, 21, who was walking near the project Monday with her daughter, Tanara, 4. "You have to look out for your life all the time here. I was homeless before I came here, and you'll take anything when you're homeless, but I didn't know it would be this bad."