The family of a young woman who was shot down by a Burger King in Manhattan demanded justice on Saturday as they thanked supporters at a temporary memorial.
Kristal Bayron-Nieves, 19, was killed during a robbery while working night shifts last week.
Her mother, Kristie Nieves, 36, hugged a large teddy bear, which was given to her by a follower. She came to the crime scene within walking distance of the family home with a sister, brother-in-law and cousins.
She started talking to journalists and benevolent people, but did not get far.
“Thank you to everyone and everyone who supported me, including my family,” she said, becoming more and more emotional. “The only thing I want is justice for my daughter. And maybe she’s not the first, but I hope she’s the last…”
Nieves then collapsed and was unable to continue. A relative helped her back to the car she was in.
One of Nieves’ relatives said the family is meeting with lawyers to discuss a possible lawsuit against Burger King.
Posters with the text “Do not shoot, I want to grow up!” and “Boycott Black Murder – I Can’t Kill My Brother” and “Justice for Crystal” were among others part of a memorial to candles, flowers and stuffed animals outside Burger King.
The family, who moved to New York from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, live just five blocks away.
The young woman, who had just started working at the fast food restaurant three weeks before – and already wanted to get away from the late guard because she was so scared – was killed shot in the stomach over $ 100 on January 9, police said.
“We really have no security in here. All Burger Kings have security. They can see how bad it is in here… they have never had security for us at all,” colleague Samantha Martinez told The Post. “I do not really think they worry about us. “
She said Crystal’s colleagues do not want to go back to work at the East Harlem location where she was so cruelly shot down.
“I was talking to her on the phone when she had to change shifts. I told her she had to change it because it was my fear – me and her were the youngest in here and they have us working so late, almost midnight, ”Martinez said.
Winston Glynn, 30, who previously worked at the same Burger King location, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder and robbery.
His rap sheet dates back to 2017 and includes an arrest in November for threatening a security guard at the homeless shelter in Queens where he lived. Glynn was released from prison on his own admission after the incident because the charge of misdemeanor was not “bailable.”
The alleged victim in the case that Glynn is going to court in March declined to comment to The Post Saturday.
A man who claimed he was Glynn’s roommate at the homeless home for several months said he was shocked that the man he knew as “Junior” might be capable of murdering, calling him a “pretty capable -up guy. “
“He had a lot of trouble with him seeing demons and stuff like that,” Tyrique Brisco, 35, told The Post. ‘He smoked crack and he used to see things. But he was not a bad guy. “
Brisco said Glynn “was definitely on medication,” including “sleeping pills.”
“I know he’s from Jamaica and he came here. He really has no family,” Brisco said. “He was just trying to get out of here with his coupon. If they helped him a little better or faster, he would not be “In a way, you can blame the crisis center system for that, because they do not give us what we need.”
A viewing and wake for Bayron-Nieves will take place at Manhattan Funeral Services, 300 East 104th St. Tuesday, from kl. 14.00 to 19.00. Her body will then be taken to Puerto Rico for burial.