NEW YORK ––– Council Member Farah Louis, Vice Co-Chair of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, issued the following statement after the NYPD launched an investigation into the suspicious death of 12-year-old Romy Vilsaint in East Flatbush.


“Romy was only 12 years old and his life was invaluable, worth far more than the $1 dare that cut his life short and left his family searching for answers. This Mother’s Day weekend will be different for the Vilsaint family and his mother miles away in Haiti trying to cope with the loss of her son. This is a tragedy for a family who dreamed of a better life and brighter future for Romy now overwhelmed by grief and anguish. No parent should ever have to wonder whether their child will return safe and sound after school. We need to know more about what happened and how to prevent another family from this unimaginable experience. I am heartbroken by this news and extend my deepest sympathies to the Vilsaint family and the P.S. 361 community.”