“To have to take a young couple to identify their baby’s body is horrible,” said Billips, of the Church of Faith, Hope and Charity.
While killings hit a record low in the city last year and are on track to drop further this year, Bloomberg said, “that is cold comfort to any grieving parent or friends.”
As of Aug. 25, killings and shootings were down about 26 percent compared to the same time last year, the mayor’s office said. In the police precinct that includes Brownsville, there had been seven killings this year, half as many as during the same period last year.
Brownsville is a struggling section of central Brooklyn, with a poverty rate about twice the citywide rate, according to a 2012 analysis of government data by New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.
Antiq’s killing was at least the second case of a toddler being shot to death in a stroller this year.
In March, a woman walking home from a post office in Brunswick, Ga., with her 13-month-old son was accosted by a gunman who demanded her purse and then shot her in the leg and fired a shot at the child in his stroller, killing him, authorities said.
In another case of violence toward toddlers in New York, a 3-year-old boy was shot in the head and wounded Aug. 24 as he slept in his family’s Brooklyn apartment.