‘His name is killer’: Mom of 11-year-old Kyhara Tay on shooting suspect

The heartbroken mother of 11-year-old Kyhara Tay — an innocent bystander gunned down by another kid — told The Post she did not care to know the identity of her daughter’s deadly teen assailant.

She already had one for him.

“I don’t want to know his name, his name is killer, he’s a killer,” Yahisha Gomez said outside the family’s Bronx apartment Saturday afternoon.

The suspect, Matthew Godwin, 15 was arrested early Friday for the broad daylight murder of Kyhara, who was killed by a stray bullet Monday as Godwin was allegedly targeting a 13-year-old boy, who was not hit.

Stepping out of her apartment Saturday, a grief-stricken Yahisha Gomez went to Kyhara’s memorial and touched the picture of her daughter. She said her husband is too distraught to speak.

“It’s sad to say the kids are killing kids. When you’re holding a gun and shooting a gun and you kill somebody, you become a killer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid, if you are an adult, it doesn’t matter to me, 15 years old, you’re still a killer. I don’t want to know his name, his name is killer, he’s a killer.”

Kyhara was fatally shot by stray bullet while walking outside of a Bronx nail salon earlier this week.
Kyhara was fatally shot by a stray bullet while walking outside of a Bronx nail salon earlier this week.

Cops tracked Godwin to the Hotel 95 in the Harding Park area of the Bronx, where the 15-year-old was hiding out with his mom, authorities said.

“I get it as a mother but as a mother we need to understand that what’s wrong is wrong. We gotta raise better kids, you know,  responsible kids. This kid did this, she gotta be responsible as a mother, like, look, you gotta pay for what you did.”

Gomez said that if the roles were reversed and her son had been the killer, she would have “done the opposite” because “you gotta take responsibility for what you did, you know.”

She said the young gunmen have no regard for life.

“They think it’s fun, they think it’s all jokes, they think it’s all guns, they want to be tough but at the end of the day it’s sad that kids are killing kids,” Gomez said. “They are destroying families, there are destroying kids, they are destroying neighborhoods because now the kids are not safe out here.”

Kyhara was outside a Bronx nail salon around 5 p.m. Monday when the bullet struck her in the stomach. The doomed child staggered into a nearby salon and collapsed.

First responders then rushed the girl to Lincoln Hospital, where she could not be saved.

Kyhra's parents
The mother said in response to the shooting “we gotta raise better kids.”
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Matthew Godwin, 15, was arrested for the fatal Bronx shooting.
Matthew Godwin, 15, was arrested for the fatal Bronx shooting.
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Gomez said gun violence in the streets is destroying families and neighborhoods.
Gomez said gun violence in the streets is destroying families and neighborhoods.
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Gomez (right) visiting a memorial for her daughter Kyhara in front of her apartment building on May 21, 2022.
Gomez (right) visited a memorial for her daughter Kyhara in front of her apartment building on May 21, 2022.
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Godwin was hit with charges of murder, manslaughter, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, all as an adult. Cops said they were still looking for the moped’s driver, 18-year-old Omar Bojang.

As for Godwin’s fate?

“About that kid, I don’t want to say much … to me he’s a killer,” Gomez said. “He is going to get what he deserves and God is watching, God is watching and there’s gonna be justice for KyKy no matter, a kid or not, justice for KyKy.”

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