HARLEM — Zymere Perkins, the 6-year-old who prosecutors said died after enduring months of physical abuse by his mother and her boyfriend, will be remembered at a funeral service Friday.
A visitation service will be held at Church of the Open Door in Brooklyn beginning at 4 p.m. It will be followed by a funeral at Lawrence H. Woodward Funeral Home in Brooklyn starting at 7 p.m., the home confirmed to DNAinfo New York.
Zymere was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital on Sept. 26 after his was found unconscious by his mother, 26-year-old Geraldine Perkins.
Police believe Zymere endured months of physical abuse at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend, 42-year-old Rysheim Smith.
The day he died, Smith hit Zymere with a wooden broomstick until the young boy went limp, officials said.
An autopsy also showed that the boy had healed fractured ribs and his body was covered in bruises.
Investigators also found that the apartment where the boy lived with Smith and Perkins had no electricity, rotting food in the refrigerator, mold, mildew and was infested with cockroaches.
Perkins and Smith were charged with endangering the welfare of a child.