Two lives claimed in fatal Weeks Avenue shooting

Police conducted a thorough investigation at Weeks Avenue where two people were gunned downed in an early morning shooting on Monday, July 25.
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One of two victims killed in an early Monday morning shooting in Mount Hope has been identified by police. According to law enforcement officials, 37-year-old Jahaira Duverge and her 33-year-old unidentified male friend were hanging out with friends on Weeks Avenue near East 175th Street following the 27th Annual Bronx Dominican Day Parade when they were shot to death around 5 a.m. on Monday, July 25. Duverge, a mother of four, re-married almost four years ago after her husband was fatally shot nearly a block away from where she was killed this past Monday morning. Both victims were discovered by Duverge’s husband when he returned from grocery shopping. Duverge was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital with a gunshot wound to her torso, but succumbed to her injuries. Her friend was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot in the head, wrist and back. No arrests have yet been made, however police are on the hunt for at least one gunman in this case. A gun was recovered at the scene, however a motive behind the shootings remains unknown. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to called NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are kept strictly confidential.

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