Mount Vernon man charged with 2nd degree murder in shooting death of former Pelham student

Mount Vernon resident Negus Kirton has been charged with second degree murder in the alleged shooting death of former Pelham high school student Michael Toro in May, according to a statement from the Westchester County District Attorney.

Toro was fatally shot with a handgun on Darling Avenue, Mount Vernon, on May 5 at approximately 1:48 a.m., the DA’s office said. Toro was hit in the head, back and arm.

Kirton was taken into custody on Oct. 2 in relation to the alleged shooting, according to a Mount Vernon Police Department statement issued on Oct. 5. Kirton had a previous criminal history involving arrests for narcotics, weapons possession, reckless endangerment and assault, the release said. No other persons have been arrested in relation to Toro’s death.

Mount Vernon city detectives and members of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were involved in the search for suspects related to the shooting of Toro, the MVPD said.

The Pelham Union Free School District confirmed that Toro attended Pelham schools, but did not graduate.

Kirton returned to court Tuesday and is currently in Westchester County Jail with no bail set.