Bedford-Stuyvesant mother Allison Shinn and her son A'mani Miller ended their phone call on March 14 just like every day — by saying they loved each other. Little did Shinn know that those would be the last words she'd ever hear from her son, and her life would never be the same.
That day, at about 2:30 p.m., 23-year-old Miller was found face down in the stairwell of the Bayview Houses in Canarsie with a gunshot wound to the head and cuts around his body, CBS2 New York reported. Emergency personnel pronounced him dead at the scene and police are still trying to figure out the motive behind the killing.
According to Shinn, just earlier that day she had spoken with her son, who was on the clock working as a delivery man for a construction company.
She told him she'd speak to him later because she didn't like him talking on the phone while he was driving.
“We both said that we loved each other and that was it,” Shinn said. “He called me every day, and when he didn’t call and he didn’t show up for work, I knew there was something wrong.”
After not hearing from her son, Shinn decided to call the police who later found Miller’s delivery vehicle by 2125 Rockaway Parkway. Shinn said authorities then checked at local precincts to see if there was information on Miller.
Police then told Shinn they had found an unknown man and took her into the precinct — where she identified her son’s body.
“They showed me a picture and I said that was him,” she said.
The NYPD later released surveillance video of a livery cab captured passing in front of the housing development during the time of the crime.
According to CBS2, police believe the black Town Car might be the vehicle the killers used and hope the driver could lead to the suspects.
However, Shinn said that because the crime happened in the middle of the afternoon she believes someone must have heard or seen something. She's asking the public to help find those responsible for the death of her beloved son.
“I just want somebody who heard or who saw something to just say something,” she said. “They’ll remain anonymous, they don’t have to be scared. I just want them to do the right thing. If it was someone that they love and their son, they would want that to be done for them.”
Shinn added that the whole family is confused why Miller was at the Bayview Houses on the day of his death because, from what she knew, he had no friends or family who lived in that area.
On that day Miller had picked up all the supplies he was supposed to but never showed up to deliver them. The construction company he worked for also has no information as to why he was at the Brooklyn housing development.
“I’m confused and I don’t understand because he didn’t deserve it. I don’t know why anyone would want to do this to him,” she said. “Our whole family is broken. I have a broken heart that is never going to go away.”
Shinn said Miller — who still lived with his family at their Bed-Stuy home — had no criminal record and was “overall a good kid.”
He enjoyed playing video games on the weekends, loved music and aspired to get into a career in music to become famous and later on open a chain of hotels.
“He loved his family, he loved his friends … He was my pride and joy,” she said holding back tears. “His goal was to bring all his family together.”
There is currently a $3,500 reward out for any information leading to the arrest of Miller’s killers and the reward money is expected to increase, Shinn said. A GoFundMe campaign has also been started to raise money in Miller’s name.
Shinn also added that she asks anyone who might have information to not be afraid and to help bring justice to her son.
“I just want justice for him, my heart is broken,” she said. “He’s not coming back but I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.