High school basketball player fatally shot in face in NYC

A 17-year-old girl was shot in the face and died as she hung out on a Brooklyn street with her friends.

The NYPD identified the victim as Shayma Roman of St. Mark's Place.  The New York Post reported that she was a high school basketball player.

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According to authorities, the teenager was shot while standing with a group of people outside her grandmother's apartment building just after 6 p.m. on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights. Two suspects allegedly approached the group, produced guns, and opened fire.

Roman was struck in the face by a bullet. She was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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Roman's father said he was inside when bullets began to fly, and shortly afterwards, picked up his daughter's body.

"I heard chaos, I came out, and I came and grabbed my daughter," said Mario Roman.

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Police say they believe Roman was not the intended target of the shooting. 

Neighbors and members of the community gathered for a memorial on Thursday, releasing purple balloons in her memory, and calling for Shayma's killers to be brought to justice.