Teens Charged in Death of Chinese Food Deliveryman

Police say Rendong Zheng was delivering food from the New China Restaurant when he encountered the teens.

Shamir Walker (left) and Tyquail Duffy (right).

Sahmir Walker (left) and Tyquail Duffy (right).

Just over a month since two teens — both 15 years old — were charged with murdering an Overbrook man in a botched robbery attempt, two Northeast Philadelphia teenagers — ages 14 and 15 — are charged in the death of a Chinese deliveryman, also in a robbery attempt gone wrong.

Police have announced the arrest of 14-year-old Sahmir Walker and 15-year-old Tyquail Duffy in last Thursday’s death of Rendong Zheng, who was delivering food from the New China Restaurant on Rising Sun Avenue when he encountered the teens.

At 10:37 p.m. on April 23rd, police responded to a report of gunshots outside a housing complex on the 500 block of Hillcreek Park, a couple of blocks from the Roosevelt Boulevard in the Crescentville section of Philadelphia. Originally, police found nothing.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle car accident across from the complex, and there they found Zheng suffering from a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. Zheng, who hailed from the 400 block of N. 10th Street, was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at Einstein Hospital.

According to police, Zheng was shot when Walker and Duffy tried unsuccessfully to rob him. Nothing was taken. Zheng tried to flee in his delivery vehicle but became unconscious due to the gunshot wound, driving his car up a small hill and crashing into a fence. Police believe that 12 shots were fired. A $20,000 reward had been offered for information leading to an arrest.

Walker has been charged with murder, robbery, criminal conspiracy and other offenses. Philadelphia Judge Francis Rebstock denied bail for Walker, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 13th. Duffy faces charges of aggravated assault, intimidation, terroristic threats, a violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, among other charges. His bail has been set at $250,000, and his preliminary hearing will be held on May 14th.

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