Second teen arrested in fatal shooting of Queens woman



A second teenager has been arrested in the killing of an innocent mother who was caught in the crossfire of two feuding gangs in Queens, police said.

Benaiah Reid, 19, was arrested Thursday and charged with murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the shooting death of 37-year-old Gudelia Vallinas.

Gudelia Vallinas is seen with her children.
Gudelia Vallinas (left) was shot and killed in Queens back in March.

Vallinas, a mother of two young children, was struck in the head by a stray bullet fired during a gang fight outside the Woodside Houses on March 12.

A photo of 37-year old Gudelia Vallinas at a makeshift memorial outside of her home.
A makeshift memorial was placed outside Gudelia Vallinas’s home after her death.
Kevin C. Downs

A group of teens were exchanging gunfire inside the housing complex before their feud spilled out onto the street, where Vallinas was shot, sources said.

Benaiah Reid is facing multiple charges in the crime, including murder.
Benaiah Reid is facing multiple charges for the crime, including murder.
Wayne Carrington

“I heard the gunshots, like 5 or 6 gunshots. I hear somebody screaming there’s a lady down on the floor,” witness Zal Alradai said at the time.

“And then I came out, and all I see was blood on the floor,” the witness said.

Surveillance footage showed the Queens gang shooting where Gudelia Vallinas was killed.
Surveillance footage showed the shooting where Gudelia Vallinas was killed.

On April 1, another 19-year-old suspect, Dajuan Williams, was charged in Vallinas’ death.

Williams is similarly facing charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon.


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