A Brooklyn mother of two, executed by an ex-girlfriend with a point-blank bullet to the head, was remembered fondly Thursday as neighbors recalled the accused killer as a “quiet type.”
Victim Nichelle Thomas, 52, never saw shooter Latisha Bell stalking her from behind before pumping a gunshot into her head in broad daylight Wednesday on a Park Slope street, shocking video obtained by the Daily News shows.
“My heart is truly broken this morning,” a friend of the victim posted on Facebook. “R.I.P Nichelle Thomas. My Emmanuel Baptist Church sister. I will never understand the heart of cowardice killers. Temples of praise dance ministry wont be the same without you. #Devastated.”
A second Facebook poster declared “domestic violence is real” before offering another remembrance of the innocent victim.
“I had the honor in knowing the victim Nichelle Thomas,” read the social media message. “Nichelle I will never forget the person you were.”
the video captures the gruesome scene as Bell, 38, allegedly ran up from behind and pulled the gun at the corner of Fourth Ave. and St. Mark’s Place while Thomas walked to a nearby deli. Bell later surrendered to police at the 78th Precinct stationhouse and was charged with murder and weapons possession.
A neighbor of the victim said the two were involved in a combative long-term relationship, sharing an apartment near the deli until the couple split about three years ago. Bell landed in a Bronx apartment near Yankee Stadium, where neighbors said she lived alone and kept mostly to herself.
“She’s a quiet type, doesn’t bother anybody,” said building resident Junior Rodriguez, 57, who lived across the hall. “She seemed normal. She minded her own business.”