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