New Federal fees introduced within the capturing demise of Shamoya McKenzie of Mount Vernon. Ricky Flores/lohud

4 males face homicide costs.

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In Mount Vernon metropolis workplaces, David Hardy was generally known as a seasonal employee, making $10 per hour on the Lorraine Avenue Playground.

On the town streets, although, the 22-yr-previous was generally known as “Mooka,” a felon making an attempt to rise by means of the ranks of the deadly Goonies gang, based on federal authorities.

That was in December 2016. A yr later, Hardy is again behind bars, accused of a gang capturing that injured the meant goal however killed an harmless bystander, thirteen-yr-previous Shamoya McKenzie, on New Yr’s Eve. After his arrest he admitted the shooting and expressed remorse, according to statements contained in a Westchester County indictment..

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Shamoya McKenzie, 13, was killed on New Year’s Eve in Mount Vernon. (Photo: Submitted by Ayo Hart.)

Hardy is now left to defend himself against federal murder charges that were filed last week as part of an indictment against 12 reputed gang members, including three other men who were also charged in McKenzie’s death. The federal charge trumps a murder charge that Hardy had already been facing in Westchester County Court for McKenzie’s shooting.

McKenzie’s family, meanwhile, is left to carry on the legacy of a promising Mount Vernon youngster who was already beaming with city pride when she was slain in a long-running gang feud.


A year ago, McKenzie was dreaming big. She was just scratching the surface of her potential in Mount Vernon, where her future plans included starring for the high school basketball team and playing professionally before returning to the city to start her own business.

McKenzie, an eighth-grader at Graham Elementary School who was playing on the high school’s junior varsity basketball team, had nixed family discussions of moving to Florida to be closer to her father, said her mother, Nadine McKenzie.

The reason? Mount Vernon.

“She said, ‘No Mommy, you and Daddy could go to Florida, but I’m staying here in Mount Vernon,” Nadine McKenzie told The Journal News/lohud recently. “This is where I’m going to stay and I’m going to Mount Vernon High, where I get my scholarship to UConn and then I come back to Mount Vernon.’ She was going to run her own business here in Mount Vernon.”