Brooklyn Neighborhood Mystified By Teen's Killing

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    Community members in Brooklyn are hoping someone comes forward with information about who is responsible for murdering a 16-year-old girl in the middle of the night. John Noel reports. (Published Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011)

    After a 16-year-old girl was mysteriously stabbed to death in Brooklyn early Sunday morning, community activists and neighbors are working to help police catch the killer.

    Kyanna Thomas, 16, was found with stab wounds at the corner of Macdougal Street and Saratoga Avenue in Brooklyn at about 3 a.m., and was pronounced dead at a hospital. She had been spending the weekend at her aunt's home and was last seen in bed at about 11 p.m. Saturday, according to her grandfather, Ken Thomas.

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    Kyanna Thomas, 16, was spending the weekend at her aunt's house in Brooklyn and apparently sneaked out of the home before she was stabbed in the neck early Sunday morning. Family and friends say they're devastated. Police are still investigating. (Published Sunday, Sep 25, 2011)

    She then apparently sneaked out of the home.

    Neighborhood activists are handing out flyers -- placing them on cars and on the doors of homes in the area -- urging anyone who knows anything to come forward.

    "It makes people in the community feel really insecure," said one resident, Maria Guzman. "I really wish I would've heard something or known anything, but I don't, unfortunately. But I will do my best to ask around and see if anybody heard anything."

    The girl's grandfather said he had no idea who would want to hurt her. Kyanna Thomas went to a charter school in Brooklyn, and wanted to become a veterinarian.

    Kyanna Thomas's mother is a Department of Corrections captain and her father, a former corrections officer, now works for the MTA. Though separated, the couple remained close: Last summer, the two took Kyanna Thomas and her 13-year-old brother Kyle on a cruise, Ken Thomas said.

    The boy was "broken up" over his sister's death, Ken Thomas said.

    The grandfather said he felt "a combination of grief and anger."

    Police said the investigation is continuing.