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Man Arrested in Shooting of 19-Year-Old Worker at East Harlem Burger King

A man who the police say fatally shot a 19-year-old worker at a Burger King in Upper Manhattan during a botched robbery has been arrested and charged with murder, Mayor Eric Adams and other officials said at news conference on Friday.

The man, Winston Glynn, had entered the fast food restaurant on 116th Street in East Harlem shortly after midnight on Sunday and pulled out a gun, police officials said.

He demanded that an employee behind a register, Kristal Bayron-Nieves, turn over cash, officials said. But as she crouched behind a counter and struggled to find the key to open the machine, authorities said, Mr. Glynn, 30, shot her once. She was struck in the chest and died at a hospital.

Mr. Glynn was charged with several counts including first-degree murder, robbery and criminal use of a firearm, the police said. A lawyer for Mr. Glynn could not immediately be reached on Friday.

As he spoke alongside police officials at the department’s headquarters, Mr. Adams said the fatal shooting was an upsetting example of the gun violence that he made a central part of his campaign last year and has pledged to tackle in City Hall.

“I visited Kristal’s mother and just saw the pain on her face, and saw how much this incident just tore her apart,” Mr. Adams said. “I don’t come to press conferences of arrests. But this one was so personal.”

The killing of Ms. Bayron-Nieves was another painful loss in the section of East Harlem where she worked — a neighborhood where gun violence has become more common.

Shootings across New York City had reached historic lows in 2018 and 2019 but jumped significantly during the pandemic. Experts say the trends showed hopeful signs of improvement in the second half of last year.

But the pace of shootings remains higher than it was before the pandemic and is particularly high in some sections of the city, including East Harlem. A few blocks from the Burger King in East Harlem where Ms. Bayron-Nieves was killed, an off-duty police officer was injured on New Year’s Day when he was struck by a bullet while sleeping in his car outside a station house.

The police said Mr. Glynn had been identified on surveillance video bearing a pair of headphones similar to those he had with him during the shooting. He was arrested late on Thursday at a home address in Brooklyn.

Mr. Glynn had worked at the same Burger King as the shooting victim between April and December 2020, the police said, but officials had no indication that he and Ms. Bayron-Nieves knew each other. Officials said that he had likely planned to rob a store he was familiar with.

Mr. Glynn, who wore a black ski mask, had already taken out $100 from another register before the shooting, the police said.

He had four prior arrests, the authorities said, including for criminal possession of a weapon in an incident during which he brandished a knife.

In the days after Ms. Bayron-Nieves was killed, residents of East Harlem held several vigils, placing pink and white balloons, bouquets of flowers and more than three dozen candles against the entrance to the Burger King.

At one of the memorials, a cousin of Ms. Bayron-Nieves, Kiara Fuentes, described the consequences of an incident that she said was “hurting our family so much.”

“My Kristal didn’t deserve this. She did not wake up thinking she wasn’t going to make it back home,” Ms. Fuentes said. “It’s heartbreaking. This shouldn’t be happening to anyone, especially teenagers.”

The family of the teenager had moved to New York from Puerto Rico a few years ago “in search of a better future,” Diana Ayala, a city councilwoman whose nephew is a cousin of Ms. Bayron-Nieves, wrote on social media after the shooting.

Ms. Bayron-Nieves had recently received her G.E.D. and was working at Burger King to save money as she planned her future, Nathalie Pagan, a family friend, told the New York Daily News this week.

The chief of department, Kenneth Corey, said on Friday that officials were trying to determine whether Mr. Glynn has a mental illness.

“That could be an issue here,” Chief Corey said. “Maybe he’s a person who, had he gotten services earlier on, we could have saved this woman’s life.”

At a memorial event this week, Ms. Ayala, who represents parts of East Harlem and the South Bronx, said she worried about ripples of trauma that could persist after the shooting.

The teenager’s 14-year-old brother had been the one to receive the call that she had died in the hospital, she said.

“That’s trauma that stays with us for years. Many of us grew up in the same conditions,” Ms. Ayala said. “It is inhumane and cruel to continue to allow communities of color to live under these circumstances.”

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‘Devastated’: Crowds Throng Funeral Service for 15 Bronx Fire Victims

A line of black hearses began pulling up outside the doors of the Islamic Cultural Center in the Bronx just after 10 a.m. on Sunday. They maneuvered past throngs of distraught mourners who had flocked to the mosque to say a final goodbye to friends, children, parents and cousins killed in a fire that took the lives of 17 members of a close-knit Gambian community.

Indoors, women consoled each other in a second-floor prayer space as the men gathered downstairs. Outside, two tents were filled with families watching the funeral service on a livestream.

Aminata Sillah, 42, had arrived early. She laid a blue prayer rug on the ground in the frigid morning air, tugging anxiously at her boots.

Ms. Sillah’s aunt, Fatoumata Drammeh, was among those who died on Jan. 9 as acrid smoke filled the apartment building on East 181st Street, suffocating people as they tried to flee the 19-story complex. Ms. Drammeh’s three children also died and were among the 15 people being honored during Sunday’s communal funeral service.

“I’m devastated,” Ms. Sillah said. “It’s been a restless week.”

An imam urged people to clear a path as the coffins, draped in black velvet cloth and held aloft by more than two dozen men, were carried inside the mosque.

“It’s just painful,” Haji Dukuray, 60, said before falling silent as a tiny, child-size coffin was placed near where he sat in the front row on a green prayer rug.

“All this innocence, these young kids,” Mr. Dukuray said. “They have no business being here.”

Yahya Sankara, 33, who lost his sister and two nephews, sighed loudly as his eyes began to tear up.

“My heart is done,” Mr. Sankara said. “I have nothing to say.”

New York’s new mayor, Eric Adams; the state’s attorney general, Letitia James; and Senator Chuck Schumer were among the elected leaders who attended the packed funeral service.

The fire, ignited by a space heater, was the city’s deadliest blaze in decades.

The blaze began just before 11 a.m. on a similarly chilly Sunday morning a week ago. Eight children were among the dead.

As the service started, the imam, Sankung Jeitteh, said he was struggling to control his emotions as he listed the names of families — Dukuray, Drammeh, Jambang, Konteh, Tunkara, Toure — decimated by the blaze.

“When the Lord asks for something, we have no choice but to agree,” he said, adding, “I’m trying to control myself.”

Family members started to quietly sob.

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New York Governor Offers Hopeful Sign as Daily Cases Fall by 47%

Credit…Scott McIntyre for The New York Times

Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, warned on Sunday that the Omicron surge of coronavirus cases had not yet peaked nationally, saying that the next few weeks would be very difficult in many parts of the country as hospitalizations and deaths rise.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Dr. Murthy noted the “good news” of the plateaus and drops in known cases in the Northeast, especially in New York City and New Jersey.

But “the challenge is that the entire country is not moving at the same pace,” he said, adding “we shouldn’t expect a national peak in the coming days.”

“The next few weeks will be tough,” he said.

The highly contagious Omicron variant has fueled an explosive surge of known cases, with an average of more than 800,000 new cases a day reported on Saturday, according to a New York Times database.

Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, also expressed concerns that the next several weeks would overwhelm hospitals and staff. “Right now we’re at about 150,000 people in the hospital with Covid,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “That’s more than we’ve ever had. I expect those numbers to get substantially higher.”

In addition, Omicron has brought into sharp relief the longstanding lack of adequate testing supplies, with consumers now depleting pharmacies of costly rapid tests — a boxed set of two tests ranges from $14 to $24 — and creating long lines at testing sites.

The federal government has promised to distribute one billion rapid at-home coronavirus tests to Americans, limiting each household to request four free tests. And new federal rules require private insurers to cover up to eight at-home tests per member a month.

But with the test orders and reimbursement processes hampered by delays, Americans will likely not have tests in hand for weeks, which may be too late in some places where demand is high as infections spread.

“We’ve ordered too few testing kits, so our testing capacity has continued to lag behind each wave,” Tom Bossert, the homeland security adviser to President Trump, said on ABC’s “This Week.” “It’s too little and too late, but noteworthy for the next wave.”

While many people infected with Omicron have had no or mild symptoms, others — especially those who were not vaccinated and those with chronic conditions — suffered more serious illnesses that were already overwhelming hospitals in some states late last year.

Dr. Murthy disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision last week that rejected President Biden’s vaccine-or-testing mandate for large employers that would have applied to more than 80 million workers.

“Well, the news about the workplace requirement being blocked was very disappointing,” Dr. Murthy said. “It was a setback for public health. Because what these requirements ultimately are helpful for is not just protecting the community at large; but making our workplaces safer for workers as well as for customers.”

Nearly 63 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, but only 38 percent of those have received a booster shot, which some have argued should be the new definition of full vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not changed the definition of full vaccination, but said recently it considers three doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s vaccines to be “up-to-date,” as well as Johnson & Johnson’s shots with a second dose, preferably of Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.

Last week, the C.D.C. finally acknowledged that cloth masks do not offer as much protection as a surgical mask or respirator, which some experts have urged the agency to recommend for the general public.

“Please, please get vaccinated,” Dr. Murthy said on ABC, issuing a reminder that the shots still provide good protection against severe illness. “It’s still not too late.”

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Homes That Sold for $520,000 or Less

Each week, our survey of recent residential sales in New York City and the surrounding region focuses on homes that sold around a certain price point, allowing you to compare single-family homes, condos and co-ops in different locales.

The “list price” is the asking price when the property came on the market with the most recent broker. The time on the market is measured from the most recent listing to the closing date of the sale.

BROOKLYN | 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH

This 700-square-foot postwar co-op has hardwood floors, a southern exposure and an open kitchen with a breakfast bar in a non-doorman elevator building with a live-in superintendent.

20 weeks on the market

$375,000 list price

1% below list price

Costs $643 a month in maintenance

Listing broker Keller Williams


Connecticut | 2 bedrooms, 3 baths

This 45-year-old, 2,026-square-foot, semidetached condo has an open floor plan, a kitchen with granite counters and island seating and two decks in a complex for those aged 55 and over.

12 weeks on the market

$439,900 list price

Less than 1% above list price

Costs $9,543 a year in taxes; $463 a month in common charges

A 577-square-foot prewar condo with hardwood floors, an eat-in kitchen with granite counters, a bedroom with French doors and a windowed walk-in closet in a non-doorman walk-up building.

31 weeks on the market

$435,000 list price

6% below list price

Costs $5,168 a year in taxes; $405 a month in common charges

Listing broker Triplemint


Long Island | 2 bedrooms, 2½ baths

This 36-year-old, 1,305-square-foot, townhouse-style condo has a living room with a stone fireplace, two walk-in closets and two decks in a complex with a pool and tennis courts.

17 weeks on the market

$499,000 list price

4% above list price

Costs $13,209 a year in taxes; $350 a month in common charges

Listing broker Douglas Elliman


Westchester | 1 bedroom, 1 bath

A 32-year-old, 774-square-foot condo, with hardwood floors, a pass-through kitchen that has granite counters, and a washer and dryer in a high-rise doorman building with a gym, indoor pool and pond.

21 weeks on the market

$389,000 list price

6% below list price

Costs $4,911 a year in taxes; $569 a month in common charges

Listing broker Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty


A 350-square-foot prewar co-op, with a bath, hardwood floors, two closets and a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances (but no dishwasher), in an elevator building with a doorman and gym.

14 weeks on the market

$325,000 list price

17% below list price

Costs $840 a month in maintenance

Listing broker Keller Williams

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