Terrible: Body Of Brooklyn Teen Discovered On A New York Beach

January 9, 2013  |  

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We’re only nine days into the new year, yet tragedy never fails to rear its ugly head. The New York Times is reporting that the remains of an African-American female recovered from Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn has been identified as 14-year-old Shaniesha Forbes of East Flatbush.

Forbes’ unclothed body was discovered along the shoreline, partially buried in the sand at 7:15 am on Tuesday. The teen’s arms, hands and legs are reported to have been burned; however the coroner says that exposure to the fire was not what caused her death since there was no smoke found in her lungs. The exact cause of death is still being investigated and despite the gruesome discovery, has not yet been ruled a homicide.

 “I want someone to please speak up,” the victim’s sister Shanah Forbes tearfully told the Daily News. “She didn’t deserve this.”

Shaniesha was a freshman at the Academy for Young Writers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and lived with her mother and three siblings. She was last seen on Friday at 8 a.m as she said that she was leaving for school.

“She was 14 years old; she was just a child. We are devastated right now. No one thinks this will happen to their family,” the victim’s cousin expressed to the New York Times.

Although Shaniesha’s family revealed that she had run away from home once before, it has not been revealed whether or not she left home with the intent to run away the last time her family saw her alive.

“We want to respect her mother’s privacy. It’s an ongoing investigation, and we don’t want to upset that,” shared a family a member.

What happened to Shaniesha is extremely unfortunate. Our prayers and condolences go out to the Forbes family.

Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

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  • psylocke_2001

    Terrible. Rest in Peace.

  • dddooonnnttt

    Well, we can thank the police for being typical. Its not ruled a homocide because she ran away once before…

  • MJ

    My world would be crushed if this were my child.. I could never imagine how her mother feels. RIP Sweetheart

  • Sagittarius81

    OMG, my prayers goes out to her family, at 14, this poor child was a baby herself and didn’t deserve what happened to her. I hope they catch that sick f**k/s that did this to her. RIP Shaniesha.

    Also I want to address that it’s a damn shame that when black kids are missing they get no type of media coverage but had this girl have been a white, she would get tons of media attention. This ish has got to change because there are black families who care about their missing loved ones and not all black kids are runaways.

  • maggie

    How sad, I hope her family gets justice.

  • Andie1223

    My prayers go out to the family. God bless and may Shaniesha rest in peace.

  • TraceFace

    I live in East Flatbush, and I didn’t hear or see about this in the news. When a black child is missing, the police always ask if he/she could have run away, and they never really search for the child. If its a blond, blued-eyed child, their picture is posted all over the news, and search parties are conducted. Thank God for organizations like Black and Missing that can assist the family when the police drag their feet. And in this case, foul play occurred, and maybe this could have been prevented. Praying for the the family.

    • mochaaa

      so do i.i was thinking the same thing. i heard the news from my high school aged sister who happened to know of the girl. such a shame

    • Tamar

      it was eyewitness news 7 the other day, they talked about how they found a burned body and when they found out who it was they had had it as the top story, they didn’t talk about every day though after they found out she was black though or they didn’t talk about how she was missing which is sad…we live in america and obviously not much has changed as much as we would like to think…look the very same states that want to succeed from the union and they were giving the first black President a problem are the same exact confederate states from the 1800’s…i remember when my mother and i found a missing little 3 year old roaming the streets we called the cops and the 1st thing they asked was “is she black or white ? ” we told them she’s black they took an hour…we live right around the corner from the police station

      • kierah

        Just think if they had publicized the girl was missing, perhaps they wouldn’t have to report on her death.

    • kierah

      I’m thinking the same thing! I live in Brooklyn. Where were the alerts that there is a missing child? Where were the newspapers? Disgusting and disgusted!!

  • awet

    I hope her loved ones find peace and justice!

  • Kaori

    This is very unfortunate.

  • mochaaa

    Smh so sad

  • OMG…rest in peace angel, this is so sad

  • JaneDoe

    Dang… I hope justice will be served. Cruel world