Police said Friday they arrested the teen who they say murdered a 17-year-old Jamaica man over what the victim’s family called an argument stemming from a skateboarding accident.
Rolando Nevarez, 16, of 146-47 South Rd. in Jamaica, allegedly stabbed Ishmael Hakim in the chest Thursday afternoon around South Road and Waltham Street, police said. Hakim’s aunt, Aisha Malik, said officers told her the murder occurred in retaliation after her nephew crashed into Nevarez’s sibling with his skateboard last week.
“I can’t believe this happened. Kids killing kids,” she said outside Hakim’s house on 105th Avenue.
Nevarez has been charged by police with murder and criminal possession of a weapon and was scheduled to be arraigned Friday night, a spokesman for the Queens district attorney’s office said. His family was unavailable for comment Friday.
Hakim had attended Campus Magnet High School and was planning on moving to Atlanta to live with his mother after he graduated, according to his aunt.
Reach reporter Ivan Pereira by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 146.
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