March 14, 2023 – Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced today a Mount Vernon man was arraigned on murder and gun possession charges for allegedly shooting 14-year-old Zyaire Fernandez.

DA Rocah said: “Together with the Mount Vernon Police Department and the FBI’s Westchester Safe Streets Task Force, we apprehended and charged the defendant with murder after he allegedly took a young life. My Office will seek justice for the victim while continuing to support the victim’s family and a community in mourning from this senseless gun violence.”

Tyrese Coghiel, 21, was arraigned today in Mount Vernon City Court where he was charged via felony complaint with Murder in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, both felonies. The defendant was remanded.

On March 9, 2023, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the defendant allegedly shot the victim in the torso on South 7th Avenue in Mount Vernon. The victim was transported to Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital, where he died.

The defendant was arrested today in Brooklyn following an investigation conducted by the Mount Vernon Police Department, the FBI’s Westchester Safe Streets Task Force and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Homicide Bureau Chief Lana Hochheiser and Assistant District Attorney Adrian Murphy, both of the Trials and Investigations Division.

The charges against the defendant are merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Anna Young, Public Information Officer
(914) 995-6551