A teen who had just started working at a Manhattan Burger King — and already wanted off the late shift because she was so scared — was fatally shot in the stomach over $100 early Sunday, cops and kin said.
The armed robber entered the restaurant at 116th Street and Lexington Avenue in East Harlem around 1 a.m. and pistol-whipped a male customer before punching a female manager in the face, police said.
Kristal Bayron-Nieves, 19, gave the robber cash from the drawer, an eyewitness said, according to her mother. The criminal then turned to leave but whipped around again and shot Bayron-Nieves in the torso, the witness said.
The teenager was taken to Metropolitan Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later, cops said.
“She didn’t deserve to be mowed down while working at a Burger King,” a police source said.
Bayron-Nieves’ family said she had only been working at the fast-food eatery for three weeks and had already asked for better security and change to a day shift because she feared for her safety.
The victim wanted the changes “because she is only 19, and she has more than 50 homeless people sleeping in front of the store,” her mother, Kristie Nieves, 36, said in Spanish through a translator, friend Nathalie Pagan.
Krista didn’t want to go to work but her mother encouraged her to be “responsible”.
Pagan said Bayron-Nieves had a young admirer who stopped by to see her at the restaurant almost nightly, always bringing her a flower. The young man was there when she was killed.
“He told us he was there until her last breath,” Pagan said. “He tells us when he went and walk to the place that he always buy her a flower. He went back, and they open the door to this guy that was dressed like them, in all black.”
“So [the admirer] says that the guy turns around and he comes back and shot her,” Pagan said. “That he turn around like he is going to leave, but he comes back and shoots her.
“She’d done everything that he say,” she said. “She give him the money and everything. That she didn’t even do nothing wrong.”
The robber, who fled the store, was described as a slim male who was wearing dark clothes and a black mask, cops said. Police were canvassing the scene for video.
The robbery and murder of Kristal Bayron-Nieves happened the same day the firefighters were facing a fire that broke out in a Bronx Apartment Building making 19 Dead Including 9 Children.