A 9-year-old girl has now been orphaned after her father murdered her mother at her birthday party. Reports say that the child's father came to the apartment she shared with her mother and siblings on her birthday. Shortly after his arrival neighbors say they heard gunshots then moments later, sirens.
The New York Post reports NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig told reporters Tuesday.
“She was just calling 911, you know, if you can imagine, it’s horrific, the 911, saying, ‘Daddy was coming over for my birthday, and he shot people,’ ” Essig said of the little girl.
“And she was weeping and crying [that she] ‘didn’t have presents.’ It was heartbreaking to hear that. We found her hidden in a closet,’’ he said.
Cops say the girl’s father, Joseph McCrimons, 46, killed her 45-year-old mother, Rasheeda Barzey, and Barzey’s two other daughters, Chloe Spears, 16, and Solei Spears, 20.
McCrimons, who was not the older girls’ dad, then fatally shot himself in the head.
This is not the first time there has been trouble between the couple according to neighbors and relatives of Barzey.
McCrimons and Barzey had been in a “very rocky” relationship for years, relatives told authorities — although the trouble between the pair was not enough for cops to intervene, Essig said.
“There were no prior domestics between them,” he said.
The downstairs neighbor said that years ago, she called cops to the address — after hearing a woman above her shout, “Help me!” The outcome wasn’t clear, although the neighbor said arriving officers checked around the building at the time.
Derosena said the antics between Barzey and McCrimons ruined his relationship with his former sister-in-law.
“I wasn’t supportive of the relationship, and I always told her I didn’t like it. Because of that, she stopped talking to me,” he said.
Derosena says that McCrimons has always been a "little bit off" adding “He had a temper. He was not an abusive person. He had a mental illness. He was hospitalized before. He tried to kill himself, but nothing like this.”
McCrimons was previously convicted of manslaughter in Nassau County, LI.
He was 18 when he shot dead a local sanitation worker and dad Halloween night 1993 — allegedly because he was angry the victim had broken up a fight he was watching. McCrimons served several years behind bars for the slaying.
We're praying for the little girl that this senseless violence left behind.