A 13-year-old girl who was left paralyzed by a stray bullet fired by a Brooklyn gang member faced her shooter in court Monday as he was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
Tayloni Mazyck, who courageously rolled her wheelchair into Brooklyn Supreme Court, was just 11 years old when she was shot by Kane Cooper, who was firing at a rival Gates Avenue Mafia gang member in May 2013.
Mazyck broke down in tears as she tried reading her prepared statement. So her 17-year-old brother Daiquan stepped in.
“I’m not as active as I used to be. I can’t even run track or play double dutch, even swim. You need to walk to do all of these things. Thanks a lot for nothing.”
Tayloni said she now suffers from “emotional distress, depression, anxiety and PTSD” and has a very long road to recovery.
“I live in a cramped apartment, and I’m always bumping into the walls. If I were still able to walk, I wouldn’t have that problem,” she wrote.
Cooper, a member of the Young Bosses gang, stood stone-faced as the statement was read and refused to make eye contact with the little girl.