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West Hempstead Man Arrested For Murder Outside N.W. Liquidators

Nassau County Police respond to West Hempstead store Thursday night.

UPDATE: 8:50 a.m., Aug. 3, 2012

A West Hempstead man was arrested Thursday night for allegedly murdering a fellow resident and 'acquaintance' outside National Wholesale Liquidators.

Nassau County Police's Homicide Squad arrested Bruny E. Fenelon, 30, of West Hempstead, at 10:55 p.m. According to detectives, Fenelon was involved in an argument with another man in the back parking lot of the Hempstead Turnpike store. When the argument escalated, Fenelon allegedly began to punch and kick the 39-year-old victim, which resulted in his death. 

Several patrol cars and emergency vehicles descended upon the parking lot of in West Hempstead around 9 p.m., where they found the victim lying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood, according to an eyewitness. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are withholding his name pending family notification.  

Fenelon allegedly fled the scene on foot but was later arrested at his home, also located on Hempstead Turnpike. He is being charged with second degree murder and will be arraigned on Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Nassau County Police held a press conference Friday afternoon, where they revealed more details about the murder. Click for the story.

This is a developing story. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Savti7 August 03, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Who is going to buy the "luxury" apartments across from such an eyesore as NWL!!! What we really needed in that location was a more upscale store, like Kohls and possibly Trader Joe's. But with Hempstead TPKE in such a blighted condition who would think WH could support such an endeavor. At least we should work to get NWL to clean up their act, join the Camber of Commerce, and participate more in community events.!
Suzanne Bonne August 03, 2012 at 11:15 AM
That's exactly what I've been thinking since the whole "luxury apartment" complex idea came up. West Hempstead is falling very fast.
mfb August 03, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Couldn't agree more! Get rid of them!
Seth Bykofsky August 03, 2012 at 01:08 PM
You are 100% correct!
Seth Bykofsky August 03, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I've been saying this for years -- "There is business, and then there is business!" True, bringing in more upscale businesses to our community is a matter of demographics and logistics. It is, perhaps more so, also a matter of perceptions and mindsets, both on the part of businesses and residents. If we are going to raise (or should that be raze?) the stakes along the Turnpike, and elsewhere in West Hempstead, we need to raise expectations. Mediocrity just doesn't cut it, and the status quo is never good enough. Whatever happened to the Town of Hempstead's so-called comprehensive "Urban" Renewal Plan for the area surrounding NWL, anyway? Seems the best laid plans -- as seldom as they may appear -- are shelved, discarded, summarily dismissed or merely forgotten before they ever get to see the light of day. Onward and, hopefully, upward!
Maryann Aihu August 03, 2012 at 01:48 PM
OMG, first of all the luxury apartments are rentals ! Secondly what about the fact that there was a murder in our backyard, what about some compassion for the victim's family? He leaves behind a very young son. No one mentioned that! Mr. Bykofsky, with all due respect ,you've been saying this for decades now, this is not the forum for it. I believe this is about the crime rate, not the demographics and logistics of businesses in the area. Is your property value the only thing that you're concerned about here people? Our condolences go out to the victim's family at this time and perhaps next week we can argue about a moot point !
Loraine Magaraci August 03, 2012 at 02:07 PM
It makes me very sad and angry to read this article. To see this happened at 9 pm, is mind boggling. As a resident, it makes me happy and proud to see the work being done on Hemp. Ave. to improve it. But, what about Hemp. Tpke.? When you drive down the Tpke. its like being in a run down area of Queens. NWL does not upkeep their property, and that is a whole block. Their windows are ugly, there is always trash on the sidewalk, weeds growing through the sidewalk. Why isnt is demanded by the town that they keep it up? Then there is that vacant lot next to it, which isnt being kept up either! Why is this allowed? Now, isnt this perfect, 2 vacant gas stations across the street. We need to start attracting a business that will actually want to help better the community they are a part of. W. Hempstead deserves better!!!
Michael August 03, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Who is responsible for the awful street signs along Hempstead Avenue, that are so hard to read? Ever see the wonderful signs they put up in Malverne along Hempstead Avenue. They are perfect and not installed to block each other, and can actually be READ.
Seth Bykofsky August 03, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Clearly, Maryann, this is a tragedy. A very human tragedy, for the victim and the family he leaves behind, for which we all express our heartfelt condolences. This is also a tragedy for West Hempstead, casting a pall over our community as it struggles to regain its stature as a jewel in suburbia's crown. No, this is not about property values -- though horrific incidents such as this surely serve to diminish. It is about quality of life. It is about the safety of our families and our children. It is about envisioning West Hempstead as that idyllic suburban dream, and creating a reality out of that vision. Moot point? How many stabbings at Tabu/Oz? How many sex offenders at the Capri? How many assaults in the parking lot of NWL or along the Turnpike and Avenue, before we say, no more? And in what forum would you suggest we discuss the very essence of what it means to be a community, to preserve a community, to revive and revitalize a community? Town Board? Zoning Board? Civic meetings? With our State Senator or County Legislator? Been there. Done that. Yes, we've been talking about this for decades. Isn't it time for action?
Tara Conry (Editor) August 03, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Police revealed more details about last night's murder in West Hempstead at a press conference held Friday afternoon. Read about it here: http://patch.com/A-wDdk
Maryann Aihu August 03, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Seth, I whole heartedly agree with you, however this was a report of a crime, a henious act on a neighbor who lived his entire ife in West Hempstead. I did not see one post for the life lost until you replied to my post. I have always supported you and your past role in the W.H. Civic Association. NOW is the time for action, but we must stand together as a community to first mourn our loss, then learn from it !
Seth Bykofsky August 03, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Point well taken, Maryann. Today, we mourn. As for tomorrow, while maintaining hope and always fighting the good fight, sometimes I wonder, when will we ever learn?
Francine Rohoff August 03, 2012 at 11:40 PM
How long will it take for the " luxury" apartments to become sec 8 housing? Who will want to live practically in the middle of the street, across from a barely running LIRR station, across from Bum Central?
Suzanne Bonne August 04, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Sorry but I'm mourning for the town I grew up in, and played in as child, where my friends and I roamed freely and never thought about crime. "Prettifying" Hempstead Avenue for the few people who walk there isn't cutting it. The Turnpike is a disgrace, Woodfield Road isn't much better, and there are "businesses" that attract the worst and our police and local politicians are obviously looking the other way. If they have given up, we can't, and I don't even know what that means. A town is only as good as the people who live there and it seems there are people living among us capable of murder and others capable of watching a man being kicked to death and doing nothing to intervene. It's time for other side to stand up.
gjones August 04, 2012 at 07:28 PM
How long will it take for the " luxury" apartments to become sec 8 housing? I've thought that from the first time i heard they were being built .They should have been condos or co - ops - not rentals . Now consider this - the town closed the stores in the small strip of buildings on hempstead avenue to build a library - even though there were alot of empty buildings on hempstead turnpike with ample parking - did we really need a huge thrift shop on the turnpike ? was this ever considered ? Why is everyone so down on nwl - was it better when the property sat empty with no upkeep at all ? do we need so many empty buildings in town . I'll assume they are paying taxes and not for nothing - i do shop there on occasion . They did sign off on the lions club community day street fair that pretty much shut the street down for the day .
ellen August 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Well said

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