A St. John’s University student who wrote online about her experience studying abroad in Europe had her dreams of becoming an accountant dashed Monday when she was shot and killed during J’Ouvert in Brooklyn.
Still, NYPD Chief Patrick Conrey said investigators believe she was not the intended target. Her friends all gave statements to detectives and did not see the shooter sources said. Other witnesses said the shooting was not preceded by a dispute, according to sources.
Shortly before she was shot and killed, 17-year-old Tyreke Borel was gunned down only a block away.
Family at Poyau’s home in East New York did not answer the door.
“She’s a very pleasant girl. She always had a smile on her face,” said Anna Jackson, a retired nutritionist and neighbor of the family.
“She was a good girl from a good family.”
On her LinkedIn, Poyau described herself as an aspiring CPA.
“My greatest achievement was in Spring of 2014 when I studied abroad in Paris, Rome, and Seville. Apart from being able to get away for a while, I was given the opportunity to push my limits and be responsible for my personal growth and development journey,” Poyau wrote.
“My ultimate goal is to be an accountant at a prestigious firm where I can constantly learn new things and pursue opportunities at firm locations around the world.”
A man at Poyau’s home reached on the phone declined to comment.
“We just want to grieve,” he said.
In a statement, St. John’s University President Conrado Gempesaw, said, “Tiarah was pursuing a dual degree B.S./M.S. program in the Peter J. Tobin College of Business where she recently completed her undergraduate degree in accounting in May 2016, and had just begun graduate work toward her Masters degree in taxation. She had a bright future ahead of her and was taken much too soon. The entire University community sends our thoughts and prayers to the Poyau family during this difficult time.”