2006-02-17 / Front Page

Guilty Of Gateway Blvd. Double Murder

A Far Rockaway man who police say is a drug dealer was convicted Wednesday of the murder of two men on Gateway Boulevard in Far Rockaway more than two years ago.

Shamel Hollenquest, 33, sat quietly as jurors found him guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and weapons charges in what police described as a drug-related dispute.

Hollenquest, who fled to Rochester in upstate New York after the July 30, 2003 murder, was arrested in that city by New York City Police Department detectives in December of that year.

Detectives tracked Hollenquest, who lived at 15-02 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, the 350 miles to a relative’s home in the upstate city and then called in local police to assist in the arrest.

Police said at the time of the murders that he fired several shots at a black Lexus occupied by the two victims, Rudolph Michelle and Shannon Day, both in their 30’s and both from Gateway Boulevard in Far Rockaway.

Michelle was pronounced dead at the scene and Day died at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital a short time later.

Patsy Day, Shannon Day’s mother, disputed the charge that her son was involved with drugs.

Daily News reporter Scott Shifrel spoke with Day’s mother in court. “It wasn’t a drug deal. He just killed two fathers of ten children,” she told the reporter.

“My son didn’t carry a gun,” she added. “[Hollenquest] was just bad – a young kid with a loaded gun.”

Queens Supreme Court Justice Arther Cooperman will sentence Hollenquest next month. He faces 25 years to life in prison.

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