A doting mom trying to protect her son from a bully in her Coney Island apartment building ended up fatally stabbed by the mother of the teen who tormented her child, police and heartbroken relatives said Thursday.
Shymeka Tart, 31, had hoped to peacefully end the beef between her 15-year-old son Denzell and Latrisha Moore’s son when she showed up on Moore’s doorstep Wednesday night.
A few minutes later, the mother of three was stumbling away from Moore’s apartment, dying from a knife wound to the chest.
“Shymeka went to talk to (Moore) before she went to take out an Order of Protection on her son,” family friend Linda Hatcher said. “I guess they couldn’t resolve it. The lady closed the door and Shymeka turned to walk away. Next thing she knows, she got stabbed.”
The attack took place in the seventh-floor hallway of the Carey Gardens Houses near W. 20th St. in Coney Island.
Moore, 41, remained at the scene, and was taken into custody. No charges had been filed against her as of Thursday afternoon.
Tart, who lives on the fifth floor of the apartment building, showed up at Moore’s door about 9:30 p.m.
Witnesses later found her in a pool of her own blood. Medics took Tart to Coney Island Hospital, where she died.
One neighbor saw the carnage as medics rushed Tart out of the building.
“They were taking her out on the stretcher,” said the building tenant, who wished not to be named. “There was blood everywhere.”
A witness told police that Tart and Moore had agreed to go to the 60th Precinct and settle the disagreement between their children, but when Moore went back inside to change, her son confronted Tart’s son, sparking a new fight.
Tart tried to intervene when Moore ran to the door and stabbed her, the witness told police.
“The kids don’t have a mother right now, they don’t have a father,” neighbor Jessica Page, 30, said. “That’s a shame. How can you put them through this?”
Tart’s mother Isadora Tart was flying in from Georgia Thursday to take care of Denzell and her two other grandchildren — two girls ages 11 and 4.
“That’s the plan if God allows me to do that,” Isadora Tart told the Daily News as she drove to the airport. “I’m not doing well. I’m just hanging on God’s strength because I don’t have any.”
Her kind-hearted daughter, who was attending culinary school, would naturally lean toward finding a peaceful solution to any problem, she said.
“Knowing Shymeka, the way she was raised, she would try to handle everything herself,” her mother said. “You try to be neighborly, you talk to the parents. I know that’s how I raised her. If she had called the police then (Moore’s son) would’ve had to go to juvenile hall or something. I know that’s what she was thinking.”
Back at the apartment building, where dried blood and crime scene tape still littered the seventh-floor hallway, neighbors described Moore as a hothead who’d gotten into other building battles.
“Since she moved here, she hasn’t gotten along with anybody,” said neighbor Ana Quijano, 61, who lives next door to the suspect. “Every time she starts fighting, I go to my room and turn off the lights just in case something bigger happens. She has a bad temper. She wasn’t a good neighbor.”
Quijano said she was home when Tart confronted Moore — and heard the assault through the walls.
“I just heard people fighting. There was a lot of movement,” Quijano said. “I just heard (the suspect) calling her son, ‘Christopher, Christopher, no, no, go inside!’ I don’t know what was going on. Then I heard somebody screaming. I never opened the door.”
The neighbor who saw Tart being taken out of the building also said Moore had a temper.
“One day there was stuff in front of my door. I knew it was (Moore’s) stuff so I knocked on her door to ask her why she left it there,” she said. “She started flipping out. Another time I was coming home and she was butt naked with a hammer right there around the corner.
“She had a lot of problems,” the neighbor said.