Kristal Bayron-Nieves‘ family is demanding justice after the 19-year-old was murdered while working at a Burger King in East Harlem, NY last week. Family and friends gathered outside the fast-food place for a memorial on Saturday.

Kristal’s mother, Kristie Nieves, spoke to the crowd and thanked them for their support after her daughter’s death. The 36-year-old was only able to get through half of her speech before she started crying.

She said, “Thank you everyone and everyone who supported me including my family” she said, growing increasingly emotional. “The only thing I want is justice for my daughter. And maybe she is not the first one, but I do hope she is the last one.”

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Kristal Bayron Nieves was killed while working at a Burger King in East Harlem. The young girl was just 19 years old. (Credit: CBS New York YouTube)

A homemade memorial was set up outside the Burger King on 116th Street. People have left flowers, stuffed animals and signs to remember the young girl. Some of the signs say, “Don’t Shoot I Want to Grow Up!,” “Justice for Kristal,” and “Boycott Black Murder – I Can’t Kill My Brother.”

According to reports, Kristal Bayron-Nieves’ family is looking into suing Burger King for their daughter’s death. Co-workers of Kristal said that while the fast-food joint had surveillance video, not a lot was done to protect the Burger King workers.

“We really don’t have any safety in here. All the Burger Kings have security. They see how bad it is in here … they never got security for us at all,” co-worker Samantha Martinez told The Post. “I don’t really think they care about us.”

Many of her co-workers didn’t want to go back to work following the teen’s death.

Kristal Bayron-Nieves had been working at the Burger King for just a couple weeks before she was killed. According to her mother, the young girl said that she was scared and didn’t want to work the night shift anymore. Her mother said she needed to keep her responsibilities.

Mother and daughter moved to New York from Puerto Rico shortly after Hurricane Maria. Kristal’s body will be flown back to Puerto Rico to be buried. Jet Blue is giving the family free flights so they’re able to get Kristal back home.

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Police found Winston Glynn in Brooklyn and arrested him for the murder of 19-year-old Kristal Bayron Nieves. (Credit: ABC7 YouTube)

According to police reports, the shooting of Kristal Bayron-Nieves happened last Sunday around 12:30 a.m. The 19-year-old was working the cash register when an unknown man wearing all black came into the store and demanded money. Kristal handed him $100, but he later demanded more.

While the 19-year-old was struggling to open the second cash register, the gunman shot her once in the stomach and fled the scene. Kristal was pronounced dead on the scene. Surveillance footage caught the brutal killing, and police were able to use the video to identify the suspect.

NYPD officers later identified the shooter as 30-year-old Winston Glynn. Officers matched a Guess belt he was wearing during the robbery to a photo that he had recently posted on Instagram. Charges to his EBT card after the shooting also put him in the area.

Officers believe that Glynn fled the scene on the number 6 subway train before stopping at a bodega on 110th street where he used his EBT card. They later tracked him to the Days Inn near Kennedy Airport. They arrested him without incident.

The investigation discovered that Winston Glynn had worked at the same Burger King back in 2020, but police believe that the suspect and victim never had any interactions with each other before the killing. Officers are still looking for the gun used in the shooting.

Following the tragic shooting, Mayor Eric Adams spoke during a press conference on Thursday and talked about senseless gun violence in New York City. He said, “The 19-year-old baby that was shot, we have to catch that guy. And I refuse to apologize for people who are violent in our city. Those crimes, we are zeroing in on. And we are going to make sure they are taken off our street like the district attorney did with that gang takedown.”

A wake for Kristal Bayron-Nieves is scheduled for Tuesday at the Manhattan Funeral Services on 300 East 104th St. Her body will be flown back to Puerto Rico following the services.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for the young girl’s funeral costs. So far, it has raised over $34,000.