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Coming together: The community stood together in Georgetown on Monday night to hold a candlelight vigil for slain correction officer Alastasia Bryan.
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The Georgetown community came together on Monday night to light candles and offer words of hope and prayer for the slain New York City Corrections Officer Alastasia Bryan, who was shot and killed while off duty in her car on Dec. 4.

The gruesome killing is a reminder that Brooklynites must resist gun violence, an area councilman said.

“A woman in the prime of her life is now gone, and her family is left to pick up the pieces. While the investigation on her death develops, it’s important that we keep in mind the support her family and friends will need, and at the same time to work on how we can minimize gun violence in our streets,” said Councilman Jumaane Williams (D–Flatbush), who co-chairs Council’s Taskforce to Combat Gun Violence.

Officials responded to a 911 call near Avenue L and E. 73rd Street at about 9:15 pm on Dec. 4 and found Bryan, 25 of East New York, unconscious and unresponsive in her car with gunshot wounds in her head and torso.

Emergency responders pronounced her dead at the scene, according to authorities.

A group of corrections officers also attended the vigil to show their support — Bryan was well remembered, and the community remains hopeful her killer will be brought to justice, said Adam Diamond, a rep for Assemblywoman Jaime Williams (D–Canarsie).

“It was a pretty somber mood but people were hopeful that whoever did it is going to be caught,” he said.

Police are now searching for the bruiser who killed Bryan — they have made no arrests and the investigation is ongoing, but police have identified a male person of interest in connection with the homicide, a spokesman said.

The Correction Officers Benevolent Association tweeted that it is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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