Lashawn Andrews, a 24-year-old mother of two, was tragically killed in a group fight on a Bronx street, leaving behind her two young children, ages 3 and 4.
According to NYPD, the incident occurred on E. 178th St. near Park Ave. around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. Andrews had a heated argument with two other women in front of her residential building when one of them retreated to a nearby vehicle. The woman returned with a 9 mm handgun and shot Andrews once in the face. Paramedics arrived quickly but could not save Andrews, who succumbed to her injuries at St. Barnabas Hospital.
The victim’s mother, Keshia Andrews, 52, spoke to the Daily News about the loss of her daughter. “My daughter was one of the most humble and beautiful souls,” said the heartbroken mother. “My thoughts are all over the place. I’m not supposed to bury my daughter. She was supposed to bury me…. but unfortunately this is her way.”
The shooter and her accomplice fled the scene, and police later recovered a gun. “Let the law handle it,” Keshia Andrews urged. “I need the police to take this seriously. I’m tired of shootings … losing my life over something so simple.”
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“I need the police to take this seriously. I’m tired of shootings…lose your life over something so simple,” implored Keshia Andrews.
The motive for the dispute is unclear, and it is unknown whether Andrews knew her attackers. No arrests have been made, and no suspects have been identified. Authorities ask anyone with information to call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Information can also be submitted via crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by text to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications will be kept strictly confidential.
This tragic incident adds to a growing list of violence against women in the area. In April, 11 years after the crime, a Hispanic woman pleaded guilty to shooting her girlfriend to death in their shared Bronx apartment and hiding the body in Yonkers. In 2021, a woman shot her ex-girlfriend to death in broad daylight on a Brooklyn street, fleeing the scene but surrendering to police hours later. In October 2022, Mayra Gavilanez Alectus was convicted of killing her wife by beating her with a wine cooler in their New Jersey home in 2020. Just a week before the crime, Alectus had praised her partner in a bilingual Mother’s Day Facebook post, interspersing love phrases in English and Spanish.