High School Girl Fatally Shot While Saving Sister

April 27, 2019 Updated: April 27, 2019

High school junior Marilyn Cotto Montanez saved her sister by pushing her away to protect her from a man opening fire with a handgun. The man was firing at two other men who were running to attack a possible friend of the gunman in Yonkers, New York, at 6:30 pm on April 25.

Marilyn, 18, and her little 9-year-old sister were walking down the street near Morningside and Lake Avenues to get art supplies for school homework as the violent incident broke out. She took a bullet to the head and was then transported to a local trauma center, but they could not save her, officials said, reported the New York Post.

Marilyn’s older brother Julian Cotto said, “She was an angel watching over us. She proved that when she pushed our sister out of the way… she gave her life for our little sister’s life. In my book, she’ll always be my hero.”

Marilyn wanted to go study medicine and was an honor-roll student.

“She was about to go to college to be a doctor,” said a relative, “She was that good with her grades. She was honor roll three times in a row.”

“Last night, we experienced a tragic event where a young person lost their life due to gun violence,” said police commissioner Charles Gardner in a statement. “The Yonkers Police is dedicating every available resource to apprehend the person responsible for this heinous act.”

He added, “First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” reported NBC New York.

“They’re killing people for no reason,” Montanez’ sister Celimary Ramos said, “Little girl didn’t have nothing to do with it… and you all took my sister’s life for no reason.”

The suspects escaped from the scene, two people were taken later to police custody and an investigation is ongoing.