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  • Marilyn Cotto Montanez, 18, died after she was shot in the head in Yonkers last month; police say she was an innocent bystander

  • Officials on Tuesday morning said they have arrested Jamir Thompson, 15, of Yonkers, in connection with Cotto Montanez's death

  • Cotto Montanez was laid to rest last week

Officials say they have arrested the 15-year-old boy accused of killing an innocent 18-year-old woman caught in his crossfire in Yonkers last month.

Mayor Mike Spano said early Tuesday in a tweet that Jamir Thompson, 15, of Yonkers, is in custody. He is accused of killing 18-year-old high school junior Marilyn Cotto Montanez.

It's not clear where he was taken into custody, but Spano said police will release more information later Tuesday.

Cotto Montanez was laid to rest last week, when she was remembered her as a "courageous" and "kind" person. Many of the mourners wore pink — Cotto Montanez' favorite color — to pay tribute to her.

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Cotto Montanez, who had dreams of becoming a surgeon, had been taking advanced placement classes at Lincoln High School, Principal Ian Sherman said.

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