He had been on the run for the murder of a promising footballer. But after the murder of a Chinese businessman, the police went looking for him. He was captured without a fight last week.
On Thursday, Keyshawn “Boy Boy” Mckenzie, 22, of Pleasantville, appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court charged with the murders of the Chinese businessman and the 16-year-old school boy, which occurred three months apart.
The accused appeared before Magistrate Natalie Diop who read the charges that he murdered Noah Simmons, 16, and Chen Zhi Zhong, 24.
Simmons, a Form Four student and footballer of Shiva Boys’ College, was at the home of his cousin at Union Park East, Gopaul Lands, Marabella, on May 8 when he got into an argument with a man he knew.
During the altercation, the man pulled out a gun and shot Simmons in the chest. The gunman fired several more shots into the air before running off.
Simmons, who had turned 16 on that day, died on the scene. Zhong, 24, was at his business Karvill Supermarket Ltd, at Manahambre Road, Princes Town, around midday on July 29 when a man came to the counter with a drink.
He then shot the businessman in the mouth and left hand. The man escaped in a Nissan Tiida. Zhong died in his business place.
McKenzie was arrested last Friday during an anti-crime exercise.
Following advice from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore-Paul, McKenzie was charged on Wednesday.
The Magistrate transferred the Simmons murder case to the San Fernando First Court for September 6.
The other murder case was transferred to the Princes Town Magistrates’ Court.
Mckenzie is expected to appear in the Princes Town First Court today not only on the murder charge, but other charges stemming from an unrelated shooting incident in Princes Town.
Chen Zhi Zhong