Parents of Queens teen shot in broad daylight plead with killer to surrender
The heartbroken parents of a teenager shot down in broad daylight during a botched robbery attempt in Brooklyn pleaded Thursday for his killer to turn himself in “so that he can be at peace.”
“I ask them to find peace in their heart and that perhaps they turn themselves in so that he can be at peace,” Isabel Estrada, whose 17-year-old son, Derek Tiucios, was killed in Flatbush around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. “We still can’t believe it.”
“Surrender,” the slain teen’s father Emanuel Tiucios added. “Just like he could do something like this, have it in you to surrender. I don’t think I could live like that. I couldn’t live.”
“I won’t let this go,” he said. “Until I see those people behind bars I won’t rest.”
Derek Tiucios, a junior at Sunset Park High School, had just finished his online schoolwork Wednesday afternoon when he told his mother he was running outside for a little while, the family said.
Police said that’s when the gunman approached him and another teenager in what they believe was a robbery attempt.
When the teens refused, the suspect opened fire, striking Tiucios in the face and chest, and wounding a 16-year-old boy in the arm before fleeing.
Tiucios was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“The only thing they told us is that they tried to rob him and he didn’t want them to rob him, and then this happened,” Estrada said.
“I don’t have the words right now,” she said. “He was adorable to me. He was a boy who was respectful, educated. He was friendly to everybody. To me he was the best child that God could give me as a gift.”
She said the teen had just turned 17 on Friday and “was so happy.”
Police said the shooting remains under investigation but no suspects have been identified.
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