Posted by: vote4claxton | December 18, 2007

CALLING FOR COMMUNITY ACTION AGAINST VIOLENCE

NyDailyNews.com NY Crime

Aspiring nurse killed in crossfire

BY JOE GOULD and TINA MOORE
DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Monday, December 17th 2007, 4:00 AM


Outraged over the slaying of a nurse in training who helped treat wounded cops in the emergency room, one of Brooklyn’s top crimefighters vowed Sunday night to find the innocent woman’s gun-slinging killers.

NYPD Assistant Chief Joseph Fox visited Carol Simon’s grieving family, promising justice to her heartbroken husband and only child.

“He said he would solve the case. He would not leave any stone unturned,” Simon’s brother Alwin Simon told the Daily News.

Simon, 35, was gunned down on the street Saturday near her Crown Heights home, caught in the crossfire of a raging gun battle.

Her 9-year-old son, Kieron McEwen, sitting in the family’s SUV waiting for his mother to drive him to swimming lessons, heard the fatal fusillade.

“She took a deep breath and looked up at me,” said a neighbor, who rushed to Simon’s side. “She looked up again and then stopped breathing.”

As a nurse technician at Brookdale University Hospital, Simon helped treat trauma victims, including wounded cops rushed into the emergency room.

Calling Simon “part of the team,” Fox, commander of the Brooklyn South patrol bureau, told the family he was taking the slaying “personally,” and cops were working overtime to hunt down the callous thugs.

A mobile command unit sat outside the family’s Eastern Parkway home, where officers guarded the front door.

Community activists and politicians offered a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. “We cannot allow murderers to exist peacefully in our midst,” said Marques Claxton of 100 Black Men in Law Enforcement Who Care.

An emigrant from Grenada, Carol Simon came to the U.S. 16 years ago, finding her calling in the medical profession, her family said. She was a third-year nursing student at the College of Staten Island in addition to working at Brookdale and helping her husband run the popular Caribbean restaurant Pop Master Delight at 419 Utica Ave.

A doting mom, Carol Simon was taking her only child to swimming lessons when she realized she forgot something at home, her brother said.

Parking the family’s Toyota Highlander at a gas station a half block from her apartment, she asked an attendant to watch her son as she walked back home. While on her cell phone talking to a friend, shots rang out at 5:30 p.m., striking her once in the stomach.

“All she said was she got a bullet, she’s got to call 911,” said Alister Fortune, the husband of Simon’s sister.

Investigators counted more than a dozen shell casings the gunmen left strewn over half the block.

“Why, God?” wailed a cousin of Simon’s last night, collapsing near the spot of the shooting. “Why did they have to kill my cousin?”

Family friend Richie Francis, 40, admired Simon for working to save lives. “She’s an example of what people are supposed to be,” Francis said.

Alwin Simon, 42, called his sister a “guardian angel” who saw America as a peaceful place to raise a family. “She’s doing all the right things and they take away a life that’s more valuable than theirs,” he said.

At Brookdale, Simon’s co-workers were stunned. “It’s devastating for us in the ER,” said Juliet Cunningham. “She’s in a morgue and she doesn’t deserve to be there.”

tmoore@nydailynews.com

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