BROOKLYN, NY—Council Member Farah Louis (D-Brooklyn), Vice Co-Chair of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus (BLAC), released the following statement after the arrest of an alleged suspect in the murder of 17-year-old Sunset Park High School student, Derek Trujillo. He was the victim of gun violence during the pandemic while in Flatbush. Derek died from a gunshot wound to his chest at Kings County Hospital, where his 16-year-old friend was treated for a gunshot wound to his hand after the robbery attempt last October. The alleged gunman, 18-year-old Nasir Perez, was charged with murder, robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, and assault.
STATEMENT BY COUNCIL MEMBER LOUIS
“Derek Trujillo — a beloved son, brother, friend, and future doctor — was full of promise. He was only 17 when an unknown gunman who valued material goods over human life shot and killed him. We live in a society where it is easier to access a gun than an internet-enabled computer, despite the correlation between education, poverty, and violence. As a result, Black and Brown youth have been disproportionately affected by this epidemic during a pandemic. Until we shift our priorities and resources where it matters most, these dueling health crises will worsen and devastate families across this city. After nearly four months of unanswered questions, I hope this arrest will help bring some closure to the family and the Sunset Park High School community,” said Council Member Farah N. Louis.