Sunday 3 July 2022 03:06 AM Mom of NYC woman, 20, shot dead 'by abusive ex' condemns him before coming ... trends now

Sunday 3 July 2022 03:06 AM Mom of NYC woman, 20, shot dead 'by abusive ex' condemns him before coming ... trends now
Sunday 3 July 2022 03:06 AM Mom of NYC woman, 20, shot dead 'by abusive ex' condemns him before coming ... trends now

Sunday 3 July 2022 03:06 AM Mom of NYC woman, 20, shot dead 'by abusive ex' condemns him before coming ... trends now

A mother whose daughter was killed by her estranged boyfriend came face to face with the alleged killer as he was arraigned in court. 

Lisa DeSort's 20-year-old daughter, Azsia Johnson, a mother of two, was shot in the head by Isaac Argro on Manhattan's Upper East Side earlier this week. 

Johnson was pushing the stroller of their baby infant girl at the time. 

On Saturday, DeSort went down to Manhattan Criminal Court in order to see to Argro, 22, in person, three days after her daughter was gunned down.

Isaac Argro is arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court after he was arrested for shooting Azsia Johnson, the Mother of his child, in the head killing her

Isaac Argro is arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court after he was arrested for shooting Azsia Johnson, the Mother of his child, in the head killing her

Isaac Argro, 22, was arrested on Friday and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, after his ex-girlfriend was shot and killed

Isaac Argro, 22, was arrested on Friday and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, after his ex-girlfriend was shot and killed

'I welcomed you into our life. I treated you like a son. And this is what you did to our family,' she said to the New York Daily News when asked if she had a message for him.

'I don't want him to get out, and I'm just focused on what needs to be done,' DeSort said as she waited for Argro's arraignment. 'I'm sure the adrenaline will wear out, and I'll be able to grieve. But right now, I'm focused.' 

DeSort revealed to the News that she had not yet returned to her own home since the murder but felt an urge to attend the court hearing.

'I want to see him in court. I've been here because I had to be here. Nobody told me to come. I just knew I had to be here.'

DeSort was also joined at the courthouse along with two of Johnson's younger sisters, devastated at their sibling's death.

Lisa DeSort, mother of Azsia Johnson, 20, who was murdered on Wednesday is pictured at a vigil for her daughter on Friday night

Lisa DeSort, mother of Azsia Johnson, 20, who was murdered on Wednesday is pictured at a vigil for her daughter on Friday night 

'I want to see him in court. I've been here because I had to be here. Nobody told me to come. I just knew I had to be here,' DeSort said of her wanting to be in court at Saturday's arraignment

'I want to see him in court. I've been here because I had to be here. Nobody told me to come. I just knew I had to be here,' DeSort said of her wanting to be in court at Saturday's arraignment

'My sister shouldn't have given him another chance,' said Dakota Johnson.

'She sought help for domestic abuse but they just didn't care and they couldn't help her,' said another sister, Jade Johnson. 

Authorities say Johnson was heading to meet up with Agro last Wednesday evening after he had supposedly promised to bring clothes for the child, but he never showed up. 

The pair were also going to discuss their relationship before Johnson was killed. 

Just as she left the Samuel Seabury Playground around 8:30pm police said the suspect appeared wearing a hoodie and shot her in the head at point-blank range.

Argro was arrested on Friday in Brooklyn on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Azsia Johnson, 20, was fatally shot in the head while pushing her baby in a stroller on the Upper East Side on Wednesday. Isaac Argro, 22, has been charged with her murder

Azsia Johnson, 20, was fatally shot in the head while pushing her baby in a stroller on the Upper East Side on Wednesday. Isaac Argro, 22, has been charged with her murder

Johnson's family said Argro was a stalker and had threatened Johnson with phone calls and text messages in the past. 

Johnson, meanwhile, had been living in a shelter close to where she was murdered.

Argro was arrested and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon on Friday evening having been apprehended in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.

He is said to be refusing to answer investigators' questions, and has reportedly demanded that he be allowed to speak with a lawyer. 

On Thursday night, at a vigil, Johnson's mother said she had repeatedly called the police to report domestic violence, and her daughter moved into a shelter for abused women in East Harlem, near where she was killed. 

She pointed the finger immediately at Argro. 

Isaac Argro, 22, is seen leaving the 19th Precinct, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, on Friday night

Isaac Argro, 22, is seen leaving the 19th Precinct, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, on Friday night

Argro's ex-girlfriend Azsia Johnson, a 20-year-old mother of two, was shot in the head at 8:30pm on Wednesday. He is charged with her murder

Argro's ex-girlfriend Azsia Johnson, a 20-year-old mother of two, was shot in the head at 8:30pm on Wednesday. He is charged with her murder

Argro has been charged with murder and possession of an unlawful weapon

Argro has been charged with murder and possession of an unlawful weapon

Isaac Argro, 22, has been charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Azsia Johnson, who was shot in the head at point blank range on Wednesday night

Isaac Argro, 22, has been charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Azsia Johnson, who was shot in the head at point blank range on Wednesday night

Johnson's three-year-old child, whose father is another man from a previous relationship, was not with her at the time.

Investigators recovered surveillance camera video and other footage from in and around the crime scene - but NYPD officials told CBS News that the cameras facing the spot 'were not immediately accessible'.

The sources told CBS they had already recovered video showing the gunman pacing in front of a residence right before the shooting.

A single shot was fired at her head before the gunman ran off, eastbound along East 95th Street.

One shell casing was recovered at the scene.

New York City's 19th police precinct, where the shooting occurred, is generally among the safest in the city. 

Last year, the precinct recorded just two murders, and until Wednesday had not seen a murder in 2022.

A GoFundMe was created by Johnson's cousin Sharon Bell, who explains that the family is in shock over the 20-year-old's death, adding that she is a mother to a 3-year-old and 3-month-old

A GoFundMe was created by Johnson's cousin Sharon Bell, who explains that the family is in shock over the 20-year-old's death, adding that she is a mother to a 3-year-old and 3-month-old

The Manhattan neighborhood is the most affluent in New York, with average house prices at an eye-watering $1.5million and private school fees exceeding $58,000 per year

The Manhattan neighborhood is the most affluent in New York, with average house prices at an eye-watering $1.5million and private school fees exceeding $58,000 per year

The precinct is one of the most densely populated residential areas in Manhattan, and includes the mayor's residence, Gracie Mansion.

It also encompasses a stretch of Madison Avenue with some of the city's most upscale shopping options.

However, NYPD data shows that crime is on the rise in the 19th Precinct, as it is across the city.

The arrest of the child's father came hours after distraught family and friends of Johnson mourned her loss at a vigil held on Thursday night, where Johnson's mother accused authorities of ignoring her repeated complaints of domestic violence.

The vigil was held at the playground near where Johnson was shot in the head. A GoFundMe for the family has raised $8,000 as of Friday night.

Johnson's mother Desort, was visibly emotional as she said that her death could have been prevented.

'We called every day to the domestic violence [unit]. You know what they told me, it's not harassment if he makes a threat,' the weeping mother said. 

'Now, my daughter is dead. She's dead! A 20-year-old female with a credit score of 800.'

Desort told CBS that her message to the baby's father was: 'I treated you like a son. I welcomed you into my home. I spoke to you and calmed you down when you were upset. I fed you. 

'Your baby girl does not, and no longer, will have a father or mother.' 

At the vigil, Desort was seen in quiet conversation with Mayor Eric Adams, who later stood beside her and offered condolences in brief remarks to the crowd. 

Johnson was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn - the same tough neighborhood where Adams was born - and lived in Jamaica, Queens.

The vigil concluded with a balloon release, as those gathered were heard sobbing as they said, 'we love you, Azsia.' 

Azsia Johnson's mother Lisa Desort (left), who has said she believes an abusive ex-boyfriend is the killer, was visibly emotional at a vigil on Thursday as she said that her daughter's death could have been prevented

Azsia Johnson's mother Lisa Desort (left), who has said she believes an abusive ex-boyfriend is the killer, was visibly emotional at a vigil on Thursday as she said that her daughter's death could have been prevented

Mayor Eric Adams speaks to Lisa Desort, mother of Azsia Johnson, 20, who was murdered on Wednesday as she walked with her infant child on the Upper East Side

Mayor Eric Adams speaks to Lisa Desort, mother of Azsia Johnson, 20, who was

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