By JAMIE SCHRAM, KIRSTAN CONLEY and KATE KOWSH
Last Updated: 3:33 AM, January 9, 2013
Posted: 1:40 AM, January 9, 2013
A body found naked and burned in a Brooklyn nature preserve over the weekend was identified yesterday as that of a bullied 14-year-old girl — the niece of an NYPD sergeant, law-enforcement sources said.
Shaniesha Forbes, a Justin Bieber-loving student at the Academy for Young Writers in East New York, was last seen Friday, cops said.
Her family reported her missing and told cops she had disappeared from home several times before.
The girl’s body was found face up in the sand Sunday morning at the boundary of Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach, near the remnants of a bonfire, officials said. Her face, hands and legs were burned.
An empty container of kerosene and several beer cans were found near the corpse, the sources said.
“She was naked,” a law-enforcement source said. “She was burned. She was [partly] buried in the sand. It looks bad.”
Police said her death has not yet been ruled a homicide. The burns on her body were not life-threatening, and she suffered no other signs of trauma. Autopsy results were inconclusive.
Distraught friends of the pretty teen, one of four sisters, said she had recently had trouble with school bullies.
“Almost every day in science class, they would ask her the same questions . . . like why she would wear the same weave over and over again,’’ pal Tanasha Searls, 14, told The Post.
“I felt it was wrong for them to do. She was a really sweet person.’’
The cowardly bullies cried when they learned of her death, Searls said.
“They shouldn’t have bullied her in the first place,’’ she said. “They wouldn’t feel so horrible as they do now.’’
Another friend, Jonathan Ho, 16, said Shaniesha had a boyfriend and had relationship troubles. She was also upset over rumors about her that another boy was spreading.
Shaniesha lived with her family in an apartment on Avenue I, about four miles from where her body was found. She seemed like a typical teen, with her Facebook page plastered with photos of Bieber.
A tribute page put up last night on Facebook included a posting apparently from her mother: “R.I.P to my baby girls love and kisses to her up in the sky love u so much.’’
A sister, Shanah, 21, pleaded with the public to come forward with information. “I just want somebody to speak up. She didn’t deserve this,’’ Shanah said at the family home.