By Charisma L. Miller, Esq.
Brookyln Daily Eagle
A Brooklyn jury has returned a guilty verdict for Andrew Lopez for the murder of Zurana Horton and the injury of two others. Convicted of second-degree murder and assault in the first degree, Lopez, 20, faces a potential sentence of life in prison when he is sentenced by Justice Vincent Del Giudice.
In October 2011, Lopez and his co-defendant and half-brother Jonathan Carrasquillo, 24, were arrested in connection with a shooting in Brownsville’s Howard housing projects.
Surveillance footage, provided as evidence to the jurors, captures the horrific event as it unfolded.
The video shows Horton, a mother of 12, on the street near a school immediately prior to the shooting. It shows her attempting to shield herself from the spray of bullets, and ultimately her fatally wounded body on the sidewalk.
“Zurana Horton became a victim of the senseless gang violence that plagues Brooklyn,” prosecutor Seth Goldman said during the murder trial of Lopez and Carrasquillo. It was said throughout the investigation and trial that Lopez and Carrasquillo were targeting members of a rival gang when Horton and the two other victims killed and injured in the crossfire. Carrasquillo allegedly ordered Lopez to shoot.
The jury is still deliberating on Carrasquillo’s verdict. Lopez’s sentence date is May 7.