‘She ‘didn’t deserve this’, says aunt

‘She ‘didn’t deserve this’, says aunt

A Brooklyn woman shot six times in the lobby of her building by an unknown assailant was a good person whose life was bad after struggling with mental health issues, a relative said Tuesday.

Hope Staton, who recently reported three separate assaults by her ex-boyfriend, her cousin and a stranger, was found mortally wounded on the entrance floor of her building on Rockaway Parkway near Winthrop St. in East Flatbush at 1:17 a.m. Monday. -fair. according to the police.

Doctors took the 42-year-old woman to Brookdale University Hospital, but she could not be saved.

Her aunt, Sharron Staton, 82, told the Daily News her troubled niece was a decent person at heart, not someone who would inspire such a violent end.

“She wasn’t evil, she wasn’t vicious – she was a struggling woman trying to make a living,” the aunt said. “It boggles the mind.”

Hope Staton grew up in Brownsville on a block of Strauss Street with two twin sisters, a brother and a sister who died last August after battling a lifelong illness, her aunt said.

The block was the center of family life for the Statons.

“We never had to take our car keys out when we parked,” recalled Sharron Staton, a former public school teacher.

The aunt often traveled from her home in Park Slope with her two boys so they could play with their cousins. And when Staton’s mother, his sister-in-law, finally paid for the house they celebrated.

“She had everything for free,” said her aunt, “and she threw a big party to burn the mortgages.”

At 17, Hope Staton had a son who grew up with relatives in Far Rockaway, according to her aunt. She went on to train to be a nurse, first working upstate, then on Martha’s Vineyard, until finally returning to New York State. A marriage got her into trouble, according to Sharron Staton, and she was arrested for theft.

Hope Staton returned to Strauss St. and worked in a beauty salon. “I think she was getting discouraged and depressed,” the aunt said. “And life got in the way.”

“Hope had a good heart,” said her aunt. “She would come here and clean my house. If she had extra money, she would go shopping with me. She was always helpful.”

The aunt said her niece came to her Bergen Beach home in early August in distress.

Hope Staton had an ex-boyfriend against whom she filed several complaints with police, including one in March in which she said he smothered her, police said. The murdered woman was arrested in 2018 for drug possession, sources said. She also has an extensive history as a victim of domestic violence.

She told her aunt that she was not well and would soon be placed in a shelter for people with mental health needs at Brookdale Hospital.

“It was the first time I noticed that she was different,” the aunt said. “It was a change in how she was dressing.”

Hope Staton told her beloved aunt about the struggles she was going through.

“She broke her arm. And she told me that someone hit her with a baseball bat in the park,” the aunt said. “It was an argument and it was someone she didn’t know.”

The August 12 stay was quickly punctuated by nighttime drama. Sharron Staton said he woke up at 1 am to find fire trucks outside his building. Their niece called them, telling her aunt that she had smelled smoke, but clearly there wasn’t, the aunt said.

Hope Staton was also arguing with Sharron’s son, a cousin she was close with, who also spent the night at the house. She pushed him, Sharron Stanton said. He pushed back.

Hope Staton called the police, accusing her cousin of assault. He left in a police car and Hope Staton in an ambulance.

Her aunt said she has no idea what happened to Hope afterwards. But she hopes the police will find out who killed her beloved niece, who urgently needed help.

“My niece, for all her faults, was a human being and didn’t deserve this. And she was a good person. I’ve known her my whole life – she wasn’t a bad person,” the aunt said.

It was the excessive violence that bothered Sharron Staton the most.

“I want to know why someone shot my niece six times. That’s a bit much,” she said. “I can understand getting shot once, or if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, but six times? For me, it’s personal to take six shots. This is too much. We are not talking about John Gotti here – or Donald Trump.”

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