The Brooklyn mother shot and killed while protecting a group of children outside a school was remembered as a hero at her funeral Saturday. NY1’s Roger Clark filed the following report.
Zurana Horton's 12 children were among those who filled the Cornerstone Baptist Church on Madison Street to remember a woman being called a hero who was shot down while picking one of her kids up from school.
"I can't make no sense of this. It's all senseless crimes," said Anthony James, Horton’s half-brother.
It was an emotional service for the 34-year-old Horton, who was shot in the face and chest near IS 298 in Brownsville as she tried to protect a group of children from a hail of gunfire on October 21.
Police say she was not the intended target, and another woman and an 11 year old girl were wounded.
Authorities have arrested two men and charged them with murder, assault and criminal weapons possession. Police say the gunman admitted firing from a nearby rooftop, possibly in retaliation for a dispute involving his brother, who is also charged with weapons possession.
At the service for Horton, Reverend Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy and talked about her efforts to help others when shots rang out that afternoon.
"She could have ducked. She could have hid. She could have said it's dangerous. But she saw her children and others in danger, and she did what not enough of you elected and you preachers and you leaders do: she put herself in the way," said Sharpton.
Horton's death sparked more discussion about what can be done to put an end to gun violence in the city. Among those attending the funeral was Roy Coleman, a retired New York City Police Department sergeant who once served in the precinct where the shooting took place.
"My heart goes out to the family,” said Coleman, “and I really want to see something done about the situation that’s going on in our neighborhoods.”