FORDHAM MANOR, the Bronx — A grieving Bronx mother begged for the general public’s assist Friday find the just-identified suspect within the August deli homicide of her 21-year-old son.
Detectives have been trying to find the suspect, Kemel Smith, for 2 months now, however simply launched his photograph on Thursday.
Marisol Sanchez advised PIX11 Information she was having a shower on the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 13, when her son, Jayquan Lewis, barely opened the toilet door and requested if she needed something from the deli throughout the road.
“I mentioned ‘Hurry up and are available again,’” Sanchez remembered, “‘as a result of I don’t need you outdoors.’”
The mom’s center baby was on the point of begin nursing courses, after beforehand doing background performing work in reveals like “Legislation and Order.”
The Bronx was experiencing a summer time of unhealthy gun violence.
The mom recalled after her son closed the toilet door, he opened it again up.
“He was like ‘Mommy, I like you,’” Marisol Sanchez recounted, as she began to sob. “And I mentioned, ‘I like you, too.’”
Minutes later, Sanchez mentioned she acquired a frantic name from her husband that their son, referred to as “JJ,” had been shot throughout the road within the BH Gourmand Deli on Bainbridge Avenue.
“I simply ran down and I noticed them doing CPR on him,” the mom mentioned, as she remembered seeing her stricken son on the ground of the deli.
“I begged the cops to let me in, so I might discuss to him, so he might stick with me,” the mom mentioned, “however they wouldn’t let me in.”
“I needed him to know I used to be there,” the mom cried.
Marisol Sanchez then watched as paramedics took her son to the ambulance on a stretcher.
“I noticed the bullet wounds on his chest; it regarded like he was sleeping,” Sanchez mentioned, “He nonetheless had his ear buds on.”
Jayquan Lewis was later pronounced lifeless at St. Barnabas Hospital.
“They advised me he handed away, and I simply fell to the bottom,” the mom mentioned.
Sanchez mentioned NYPD Detectives notified her on Wednesday they might be releasing the identify of the suspect and his photograph.
A legislation enforcement supply advised PIX11 Information Kemel Smith is a Jamaican nationwide who was in america illegally. The supply mentioned Smith is a identified drug supplier who offered crack and marijuana.
Surveillance video of the taking pictures confirmed Jayquan Lewis on the deli counter, ready to purchase a bottle of water, till a gunman on the rear of the shop sprinted throughout the store and began firing a number of occasions at Lewis.
The younger man fell to the aspect of the counter and the shooter fled.
The deli employees knew each sufferer Jayquan Lewis and suspect Kemel Smith as frequent clients on the retailer, however by no means witnessed any dispute between them, the legislation enforcement supply advised PIX11 Information.
Now, one man is on the lam and Jayquan Lewis is lifeless, method earlier than his time.
“He was simply beginning his life,” his mom mentioned.