NYC mom seeks answers after aspiring drill rapper son shot to death

He grew up in the same Queens house that his mother did and was shot to death just a couple miles away, an aspiring rapper with a love for lyrics matched only by his love for family.

Tysheem McDonald, 18, was shot once in the chest on 148th Ave. near 231st St. in Brookville about 6:15 p.m. Sunday, cops said.

The teen, an aspiring drill rapper, had told relatives he was going out to a local studio to record some music. A short time later, family members received word about the shooting and rushed to Jamaica Hospital, only to learn McDonald’s body had already been taken to the morgue.

McDonald’s mother, Latoya Evans, described her son as spontaneous and older than his age. She sat on the porch of her Springfield Gardens home Monday with relatives spanning several generations. She has her son’s name tattooed on her left arm.

“That’s my only kid,” Evans said. “I’m never going to be OK. That’s my only kid.”

The shooting also wounded a 24-year-old man. He made his way to the same hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and is expected to recover, cops said.

There have been no arrests.

“I don’t understand what’s going on,” said Evans, 36. “I feel like I should know a bit more than what I know, but I don’t. I can’t really do much about that. Let the police do their job and let them come tell me what they know.”

Evans said McDonald was multitalented. He rapped under the name Ty Savv.

“He was basically in tune with all types of music that’s going on right now,” she said. “He could do drill music, regular rap music, slow music. He could do everything.”

The only thing he loved as much as making music was food.

McDonald was allergic to shellfish but pretty much everything else got the green light: honey ribs, potatoes, corn, macaroni and cheese.

Evans, who splits her time between Queens and Pennsylvania, last saw her son two weeks ago at a Coney Island family barbecue.

“Last time we were together, actually, he bought the food for the barbecue,” she said. “It was nice.”

In the 105th Precinct where McDonald was slain, there have been three homicides so far this year, compared with four by the same point last year. Seventeen people have been shot in the precinct this year through Sunday, a 41% drop from the 29 people shot by that time last year.

Evans and other family members cursed the gun violence that has traumatized families across the city.

“It’s horrible,” said Latiera Alexander, 26, McDonald’s aunt. “Especially young people. You know what happens every day. Literally, like every day there’s a shooting.”

“You have to look over your shoulder every time you go outside,” said Kaitlyn Irving, 17, McDonald’s girlfriend.

She said McDonald was caring and creative and had big plans.

“This is so hard,” she said. “I don’t want to cry again. My head hurts so bad. That was my first love.”

McDonald’s first love was his mom.

“I don’t know what to do,” Evans said. “I still have a lot of his music that nobody heard, and I’ll share it. That’s the way to keep him alive, his music. And everything else, the memories.”

Citywide, homicides are down 8% so far this year compared with this time last year and the number of shooting victims is down 7%.

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