Fatally battered 6-year-old Zymere Perkins remembered as ‘articulate, playful, loving’ at Brooklyn funeral funded in part by NYPD

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The devastated family of fatally-battered Zymere Perkins gave the 6-year-old an emotional and tear-filled funeral Friday in Brooklyn.

Zymere’s tiny body, dressed in a white suit and bow tie, lay in an open white satin-lined ivory casket with a white veil over the open top half.

A white teddy bear, holding a red cushion heart, was propped by the boy’s head and three massive floral arrangements surrounded the altar below the casket.

His mother, Geraldine Perkins, 26, asserted her innocence in a jailhouse interview on Rikers Island, where she’s being held for endangering the welfare of a child.

She wasn’t missed by the more than 200 mourners who packed into the pews at the Church of the Open Door in Fort Greene.

A family friend exploded with emotion at the sight of the child.

“Zymere, my baby. I’m not leaving him. I want my baby,” she wailed. “Why did they do this to him? He was an in innocent baby. Lord have mercy. He was life.”

“I don’t care if she was a friend of mine,” she cried. “Nobody helped him. I hope she gets life.”

The little boy died Sept. 26 after his mother rushed him to a hospital — but not soon enough to save Zymere, who was allegedly beaten with a wooden broomstick by Geraldine Perkins’ boyfriend.

The musclebound Rysheim Smith, 42, remains jailed at the Manhattan Detention Center for the fatal beating.



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