Burger King murder: Person of interest questioned over murder of 19-year-old Kristal Bayron-Nieves

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) — A person of interest is being questioned in the shooting death of a 19-year-old cashier at a Burger King in East Harlem.

The unidentified person was arrested Thursday by detectives in Brooklyn. No charges have been filed.

The family of 19-year-old Kristal Bayron-Nieves have been notified of the possible breakdown in the case.

Police released security camera video showing the suspect:

The cold-blooded murder on Sunday of a youth working night shifts to save money shocked many in the city.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams addressed the case Thursday when speaking of unacceptable levels of crime.

“The 19-year-old baby that was shot, we gotta catch this guy,” Adams said. “And I refuse to apologize for the people who are violent in our city. These crimes, we are focused on them. And we are going to make sure they are taken off our street like the district attorney did with this dismantling of gangs.”

Adams previously said the murder was particularly senseless because the victim gave the suspect the $100 that was in the cash register, and he shot her anyway.

Bayron-Nieves had moved to New York from Puerto Rico with his mother, 14-year-old brother and the family cat two years ago.

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Family members raise money to bring his body back there for burial. Family members raise money to bring his body back there for burial.

A gofundme campaign raised $24,000 on Friday morning.

His vigil will take place next Tuesday.

In the meantime, the advertised reward in the deal is at least $20,000.

Community activists gathered outside the Burger King on Tuesday night where Bayron-Nieves was shot dead

As reported by Jim Dolan, they called for an end to the violence, and their calls were loud and filled with pain and grief.

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