A woman who lived below the family said that she had heard sporadic arguments from the apartment in the past, including banging and a woman screaming. But, she said, there had been no yelling before she heard the gunshots fired on Monday evening.
“It was pop, pop,” said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous out of concern for her safety. She heard someone wailing after the first two shots. Then three more. Then, she said, “There was dead silence.”
Ms. Barzey was an administrative manager for the city’s public hospital system, according to her LinkedIn page. Her oldest daughter, Solei Spears, was a junior at Baruch College in Manhattan, where she was majoring in political science, a school spokeswoman said.
Ms. Spears was active in the Black Student Union and was passionate about artworks that reflect the experiences of Black women, the union’s Instagram page said. She also aspired to have an impact on the world, the page said.
According to her own Instagram account, Ms. Spears traveled with fellow students to Puerto Rico in July 2019 to rebuild homes and provide relief to the victims of two hurricanes that had devastated that island.
Detectives were still trying to piece together the events that led to the killings. Mr. McCrimon, who lived in Mount Vernon, N.Y., was no stranger to violence. In 1995, he was convicted of first-degree manslaughter after the police in Hempstead, N.Y., said he had shot a sanitation worker in the back on Halloween two years earlier.
The worker, Eugene Grant, Jr., 28, a father of five, had just broken up a street fight involving Mr. Grant’s nephew, according to Newsday. Mr. McCrimon was 18 at the time. He claimed the gun fell out of his pocket and went off while Mr. Grant was reaching for it, according to court documents.