'Why?': Family seeking answers after teen shot dead outside home in Brooklyn

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Family left heartbroken after fatal shooting of teen just steps from home
Lucy Yang has the latest in Brooklyn, where a 19-year-old was shot and killed outside his home.

CANARSIE, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Police are investigating a deadly shooting that claimed the life of a 19-year-old in Canarsie.

Officials say gunfire erupted shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday as the victim, identified as Christian Josiah Montrose, was right in front of his home on East 104th Street.

Surveillance footage shows him exiting his vehicle before another vehicle pulls up and fires two shots at the teenager.

Police say he was struck in the mouth and stomach.

"Why they take a beautiful soul," said the victim's mother, Annett Montrose. "Why?"

His father, Shawn Montrose, is now haunted by the image of his bloodied son dying in front of him.

"He was holding his neck," the victim's father recalled. "All he said was, 'I can't breathe.'"

Police say a black four-door sedan was seen driving off from the scene.

No arrests have been made.

Christian and his twin sister, Crystal Montrose, were about to turn 20 in May. Now she will celebrate the milestone without him.

"He was my best friend," said Crystal. "I still love him with all my heart half."

The loss has now left a family shaken to its core.

"The last thing he said to me, 'Mommy, did I hug you today?,'" said Annett. "He's a hug. If he don't know you, he will hug you."

Christian and his mother were planning to cook and hand out food to the homeless on Monday.


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