11-year-old Brooklyn girl paralyzed by stray bullet speaks exclusively to PIX11

Posted at 6:54 PM, Jun 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-20 18:52:02-04

11-year-old Tayloni Mazyck broke down when asked about the day that changed her life forever.

“I don’t want to talk about that,” the little girl said from her hospital bed.

The little girl was outside her Bed-Stuy apartment building with her mother and niece May 31 when a stray bullet hit her in the neck.

Police say Kane Cooper, 17, took aim at two men in front of 590 Gates Avenue, but one of the bullets hit the fifth grader as she tried to get back into her building. The teenaged thug allegedly laughed when he heard he had shot the little girl. He is being held without bail.

Tayloni remains hospitalized, paralyzed from the neck down. She cannot feel her legs, only a tingling sensation in her arms.

PIX11 visited Tayloni in the hospital. Clearly she is still shaken, but when she talks about school, a smile lights up her face.

Tayonli is graduating from the fifth grade later this month. But, will not be able to attend the graduation ceremony. Still, she  still has high hopes and is determined to walk again one day.

Wednesday afternoon, Tayloni is able to eat one of her favorite things, pizza, and she is showing signs of progress one day at time.

To donate to Tayloni’s medical expense fund, please call 718-455-5432 or mail checks to:

In care of: Advocates Without Borders

86 Saratoga Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11233 Suite 2R

Please make checks payable to: Priscilla Samuel in care of Tayloni Mazyck