Teen Burger King worker ‘gunned down while working late shift’ at restaurant
A teenage girl was shot and killed while working at a branch of Burger King.
Kristal Bayron-Nieves, 19, was on shift when a robbery took place, and footage has emerged showing a mask thief waving a handgun at staff in the Manhattan, New York restaurant.
It happened at 1am, and a male customer was “pistol-whipped”, according to police, who have launched an investigation.
Officers also said that a female manager was punched in the face, and that Ms Bayron-Nieves was killed.
Sources close to her said that she had had just started working at the fast food chain three weeks ago, The Mirror reports.
Those on the scene also said that she had given the robber around £70, although this has not been confirmed.
After taking the money, he turned round and shot her anyway. She was later pronounced dead in hospital.
A police source told New York Post: “She didn't deserve to be mowed down while working at a Burger King.”
And NYPD Community Affairs Chaplain Robert Rice said: “We are sick and tired of the violence in our community.
“When is enough going to be enough? When will we put the guns down?”
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Her mum, Kristie Nieves, 36, said that she had already requested “more security”, despite only being there for three weeks, because “she is only 19, and she has more than 50 homeless people sleeping in front of the store.”
The suspect has been described as a “slim male who was wearing dark clothes and a black mask”.
A £2,500 rewards has been placed on the suspect.
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The graphic video caused shock on social media, as one person asked “what is happening to this city?”.
And another tweeted: “Our government revels in failing its most vulnerable-the working/middle class, young people that are being attacked in broad daylight-civilians.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral costs.
The family has, so far, raised around £1,000 of their £8,000 fundraising total, with one person donating around £150 to the target.
The Daily Star has reached out to Burger King's American arm for comments on the security issues at the branch.
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