Monday, October 24, 2011

New York Mom Killed Protecting School Kids

Photo-New York Post
You may not have known Zurana Horton before last Friday, the day she died protecting New York school children under attack by an unknown shooter. Hudson was shot in the face and chest and was pronounced dead at the scene. Cops said a man firing from a nearby rooftop at a second gunman fatally hit Horton as she threw her body in front of a group of kids. An 11-year-old girl and a 31-year-old Brooklyn mother were wounded.

 Horton’s death leaves her children -- who range in age from 1 1/2 to 18 -- without a mother.  She had 14 kids, but lost one to pneumonia three years ago.

Zurana Horton has an ill-fated family history that goes back 20 years. Her death caps an unthinkable triple tragedy for Horton’s mom, Denise Peace, one of whose sons was shot dead in a 1991 robbery and another slain last year.

Meanwhile, Rev. Al Sharpton and other community leaders said it was time for people to rise up against gun violence after the deadly shooting. Sharpton met with Horton’s family on Monday, echoing calls for police and residents to stem the tide of violence.

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