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2 Arrested For Murder Cops Theory: Robbery Gone Bad

By Joan Ward George

2 Arrested For Murder
Cops Theory: Robbery Gone Bad

Two teens were arrested earlier this week for the December 13 homicide of Mamadou Toure, a Far Rockaway clothing and music shop owner, and police say that the motive appears to have been robbery.

Arrested and charged with murder are Jemerez Roacher, 18, of Brooklyn and Murice Gulley, 17, of Beach 68 street in Arverne.

According to police, Toure was shot twice in the torso last Wednesday at approximately 4:50 p.m. during what looks to be a robbery attempt gone bad by Roacher and Gulley and at least one other perpetrator.

Toure was an immigrant from Guinea who came to America in 1994 seeking a better life for his family. The former cab driver opened his small 21-18 Mott avenue shop just a year ago in a storefront located in Far Rockaway’s busy commercial area. Toure, who resided in the Tremont section of the Bronx, was a devout Muslim and was described by police as a "hard working guy". He is survived by his widow, Fatoumata, and children Oumou, 5, and Aissatou, 17.

Toure’s killers fled the scene of last week’s murder scene. Detective Conti of the 101 Precinct Squad was assigned to the case and his investigation led to the apprehension and arrest of Roacher and Gulley. Conti’s investigation is ongoing and more arrests are anticipated.


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