Mom of teen shot dead in Bronx says she can’t afford to pay for funeral

The heartbroken mom of a Bronx teenager shot dead Saturday night is desperately seeking answers in his death — as she worries about paying for his funeral.

Anabel Valdez is faced with the unthinkable task of having to cremate her only child, Armanis Valdez, who was one of five people shot behind a McDonald’s in Claremont shortly after 9 p.m.

“I don’t have a way to pay for a funeral,” the mom told The Post through tears. “I work three days [a week] at a beauty salon. That’s not enough.”

Valdez explained that she isn’t currently working full time and that her family in the Dominican Republic is also in no position to pitch in with the expenses.

“I want to cremate him, but I have no help,” she said in Spanish. “I’m a single mom.”

Armanis was with the group at Claremont Park on Webster Avenue when a gunman ran in and opened fire — striking the teen in the chest and killing him.

A memorial for Armanis Valdez in front of is home in the Bronx on May 16, 2001.
A memorial for Armanis Valdez in front of is home in the Bronx on May 16, 2001.
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Police said the shooter jumped into a car and fled.

Armanis was one of 11 people shot during a bloody eight-hour span Saturday.

“I don’t know anything,” his mother said. “All I know is what the police told me, that there was a shooting. There were people wounded, but he was hit in the chest and he died.”

Armanis Valdez was shot in the chest and killed.
Armanis Valdez was shot in the chest and killed.
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“He’s my only son.”

“I want them to pay for what happened,” Valdez added. “I want justice. I don’t understand why they killed him.”

The dead teen’s aunt, who only wanted to be identified as M. Valdez, said he was an aspiring rapper and “a beautiful boy.”

“I’m going through stages of being in denial,” she tearfully said. “He was a beautiful boy, full of a lot of love. He was very talented. He wanted to become a rapper.”

“This gun violence has to stop,” the aunt added. “It’s like, how many more stories? Now it’s here in front of my own house.”

“At the end of the day they are going to keep knocking on other people’s doors doing the exact same s–t because it keeps happening. People are not stopping s–t.”

Credit: NYPOST

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