McKenzie, thirteen, was shot and killed on New Yr’s Eve.
MOUNT VERNON — An area man faces a second-diploma homicide cost for allegedly capturing and killing thirteen-yr-previous Shamoya McKenzie in Mount Vernon on New Yr’s Eve.
David Hardy, 21, additionally faces a cost of second-diploma legal possession of a weapon. He made an preliminary look early Tuesday afternoon in Mount Vernon Metropolis Courtroom and is due again in courtroom Feb. 2.
He was ordered to be held on the Westchester County Jail pending additional courtroom proceedings; his assigned lawyer, Peter St. George Davis, didn’t argue for bail right now.
Decide William Edwards stated in courtroom that like McKenzie, he had attended Graham Elementary Faculty. He stated McKenzie’s loss has affected many within the metropolis.
“It touches a bunch of us proper in our hearts,” he stated.
After courtroom, Davis cautioned towards leaping to conclusions, saying he does not consider authorities have any bodily proof that ties Hardy to the capturing. He stated he hopes the media consideration does not poison a possible jury pool.
“I attempt instances in courtroom, not within the courtroom of public opinion,” he stated. “He is nonetheless harmless till confirmed responsible.”
Metropolis officers had announced a suspect’s arrest on Monday.
A woman who said she was Hardy’s girlfriend was among those at court for his appearance, along with McKenzie’s family.
Mount Vernon police had been investigating the fatal shooting along with state police, the FBI and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
David Hardy has been arrested in the fatal shooting of Shamoya McKenzie in Mount Vernon. (Photo: Mount Vernon police)
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New York State Crime Stoppers had initially offered a $2,500 reward before doubling it to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
McKenzie was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling near the 300 block of East Third Street around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 when she was struck in the head by a stray bullet. She was pronounced dead shortly after at Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital. Another man was also struck by the gunfire.
McKenzie was an eighth grader at the K-8 Graham Elementary School in Mount Vernon and was playing on the junior varsity basketball team at Mount Vernon High School. School officials described her as a stellar student, and her mother said McKenzie dreamed of playing basketball for the University of Connecticut and in the WNBA.
The UConn Huskies made McKenzie an honorary member after her death.
The investigation into McKenzie’s shooting sparked a feud among city officials over staffing in the Mount Vernon Police Department, which Mayor Richard Thomas said had fewer officers on patrol than usual at the time of the shooting.
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