2006-10-06 / Front Page

Teen Faces Murder Charge In Far Rock Slay

Candlelight Vigil Will Target Youth Violence
By Brian Magoolaghan

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mario young A Far Rockaway teenager has been arrested and charged with murdering another teen on Beach Channel Drive last month, police said.

Shakeil Chandler, 19, was arrested September 27, two days after he allegedly shot 16-year-old Mario Young once in the head in front of a KFC restaurant on Beach Channel Drive. Young, who lived on Point Breeze Place in Bayswater, was pronounced dead a short time later at St. John's Episcopal Hospital.

Chandler, of 13-15 Dinsmore Avenue in Far Rockaway is charged with second degree murder and two counts of felony criminal weapons possession, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. Queens Criminal Court Judge Robert Raciti ordered Chandler held without bail at his arraignment on the day after the arrest. He is due back in court on October 12.

Police are still seeking other suspects in connection with Young's shooting.

The Wave also learned this week that a memorial walk and candlelight vigil is being planned in the wake of Young's death. Organizers said participants will meet in front of Far Rockaway High School at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 and then proceed to Beach Channel Drive, where they will walk to the scene of the fatal shooting which happened outside of 13-12 Beach Channel Drive.

One of the organizers, Pastor Barrielevia Evans of Sayahword Ministries in Arverne, said he and others felt it was time to make a statement about Young's death and the broader issue of youth violence.

"Every youth in Far Rockaway that is taken from us is a generation that is taken from us," he said. "When we lose their life we lose it all."

For Jessica Janniere, who is working with Evans, youth violence changed her life forever. Jannire told The Wave that her 15-year-old sister was killed about seven years ago during a gang-related incident in Far Rockaway. "We just decided that it was time to do something," she said. Janniere, who has since relocated to another part of the city, attended the funeral service for Young and said she and Evans began talking after the reverend gave "a very powerful eulogy and sermon."

City Councilman James Sanders Jr. held an emergency town hall meeting in Far Rockaway last week in response to Young's slaying.

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