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Two Brooklyn girls — given $8 by their mom’s former boyfriend to get food at a nearby chicken joint — returned to find their mother dead in a pool of blood, police sources said.

The two daughters, 5 and 15, left their Brownsville apartment around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday and headed to Crown Fried Chicken around the corner, police sources said.

When the girls got back 15 minutes later, they found a scene of unspeakable horror. Their mother, Sellis Gonzales, 46, was lying motionless on the floor. She was shot six times — three bullets to the head and three to the midsection, police sources said.

The girls were sent for chicken by their mom’s ex-boyfriend.
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The girls were sent for chicken by their mom’s ex-boyfriend.

Khadija, the older sister, called her grandmother in North Carolina to break the news.

“My mother is on the floor covered in blood,” she told her grandmother, her voice shaking in hysterics.

Ursula Gonzales, who recounted the conversation to the Daily News, said cops told Khadija and her little sister, Alyssa, to leave the apartment.

“The police are making me go upstairs to stay with a neighbor,” the teen said.

Cops late Thursday identified the ex-boyfriend as Eric McCormick, 40, and said they were searching for the suspect.

The victim’s mother arrived in New York on Thursday to comfort the devastated girls she fears will never get the images of their slain mom out of their heads. Meanwhile, she’s dealing with her own grief.

“She was my only daughter, my only girl child,” Gonzales said.

She and the girls hugged outside the Brownsville apartment building Thursday on Chauncey St. as detectives canvassed nearby businesses for surveillance footage. Alyssa clutched her grandmother’s legs. Minutes later, her sister was sitting in the front seat of a waiting SUV. She wept into her hands.


Yellow police tape blocked off their apartment and a bloody sheet was visible in the stairwell. Rusty red smears made an ominous trail down to the sidewalk.

Minutes before the violence exploded, the ex-boyfriend stayed behind with Gonzales in her apartment after sending the girls to get takeout, police sources said.

The Gonzales family said McCormick is a cross-country truck driver who had abused his girlfriend in the past.

“We know it was him,” snapped Ursula Gonzales. “This was not the first time he hurt her. He’s a control freak. He’s controlling and abusive.”

The devastated family, originally from Trinidad, said McCormick physically assaulted Sellis Gonzales when she was pregnant with Alyssa, and that they briefly broke up. Cops responded to a domestic violence call for the couple at the Chauncey St. address in 2008, police sources said.

“After the baby was born, they started back up … My mother and I didn’t want him with her,” said the victim’s brother, Kirt Gonzales, 46.

His sister took out an order of protection against the 5-foot-8, 225-pound McCormick, but it expired.

McCormick has been arrested in New York 10 times, including collars for robbery in 1988, assault, grand larceny and reckless endangerment in 1989 and marijuana possession in 2001, police sources said.

The family said they were still in the dark about what might have sparked the deadly outburst Wednesday night.

“All we know is that when Sellis came home with the girls, [McCormick] was waiting outside the apartment. They all went in together, and then he sent the girls out to get food. They came home, and she was dead,” the victim’s brother said.

Khadija called her grandmother in North Carolina to tell her about their horrifying discovery.

He said his sister, who also had a son, Karel, 24, was a hardworking home health aide who pulled in a lot of overtime to support her family.

“She was going to school to learn more. She loved her children and her church and made sure her girls went to services every Sunday,” he said.

Kirt Gonzales said he and his mother tried to be cordial to McCormick for the sake of his daughter Alyssa — but they knew he was bad news.

The family believes McCormick hit his girlfriend other times but that she wouldn’t tell them because she knew how much they disliked him.

“Once, I came back from a trip and I saw the side of her face all swollen. She wouldn’t say what happened. I believe he hit her,” the grieving brother said.

“He was just nothing. I couldn’t understand why she would put herself with him,” he said.

Police asked anyone with information on the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

With Tom Tracy

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0 thoughts on “KIDS GIVEN $8 BY MOM’S KILLER

  1. Morning
    Saw this on the news and it so sad

    Hope them find this big 225lbs puck bitch ass nigga.

    Certain crimes deserves firing squad no prison time .. Wast my tax $$$

    They said the younger kid is so this ahole not even thinking bout his own kid being motherless

    Stories like these hurt me to the core

    1. its truly sad he doesnt deserve any jail time, i dont know the entire story but it is obvious he been abusive and has fyah said he didnt think about his own kid. when i saw it it give me a instant headache bcause i have a family member right now that is getting abuse but she wont own up to it and just like this family none of my family likes his ass. Lord jesus this could be my family OMG

  2. Very sorry for this family…This is why the woman should always leave after the first lick and don’t look back…no second chances for these men because one day they can go too far like this creep and put you in an early grave….I hope her family can comfort her children…so sad.

  3. But look the man was waiting for her outside her house when she came home with the kids so maybe at the time they weren’t together he might of hit her and she run him from the house but fi him to know what he was going to do to her and send them kids out while he did it he had no thought or remorse it was already planned out in his head what he came there to do her. Thank god the kids were not hurt… I hope they find him and give him death forget life death should be his conviction… That’s why we must know who we lay foen with and watch for signs and the minute it start to get too much it’s time to move and run way…. My condolences goes out the girls and the family and may god give them the strength to heal and know that their mother is now in a better place and she’s looking down on them to make sure they are safe…

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