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Bed-Stuy Community Rallies Against Gun Violence After Young Girl is Shot

By Janet Upadhye | June 5, 2013 8:07am
 The Brooklyn Anti Violence Coalition hosted an anti-violence rally near Gates and Throop in Bed-Stuy. 
Rally for Tayloni Mazyck in Bed-Stuy
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BEDFORD STUYVESANT — Over 100 Bed-Stuy community members attended an anti-gun violence and prayer rally Tuesday night just steps from where 11-year-old Taylonni Mayzak was struck by a stray bullet while waiting outside of her aunt's apartment building.

"Our children are getting shot and killed on the streets and we have to do something about it," organizer Rev. Taharka Robinson told the gathering. "I am tired of seeing blood on the street."

Tayloni Mazyck, or "Tutu" as she is know, was shot in the neck on Friday, May 31 at about 8:30 p.m. Doctors later told the family that they were unsure whether she would be able to walk again.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes attended the rally informing the crowd that 17-year-old Kane Cooper had been charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal use of a fireman
in Taylonni's shooting. Hynes said he is seeking a total of 65 years in prison for the alleged gunman.

Hynes added that Cooper was out on bail in a separate gun-related charge when he fired 10 rounds, one hitting Taylonni.

Tayloni’s mother, Priscilla Mayzak, addressed the crowd saying, "I just thank God that my daughter is still here."

She also happily added that Taylonni held up her arm in the hospital and said, "Mom, I will walk again."