Alleged Murderer, Victim Both West Hempstead Residents, 'Acquaintances'

Nassau County Police reveal new details about attack that killed a 39-year-old man outside National Wholesale Liquidators Thursday night.

They weren't friends, but they weren't strangers either.

Bruny Fenelon and the man he allegedly outside the in West Hempstead "were acquaintances," a spokesman for the Nassau County Police told reporters Friday afternoon.

"They only knew each other by their street names," Police Inspector Kenneth stated at a press conference at NCPD headquarters. 

Both Fenelon, 30, and his victim, a 39-year-old man from Guyana, were both residents of West Hempstead. They weren't employees of National Wholesale Liquidators but they were drinking alcohol together near the loading docks of the Hempstead Turnpike store when a verbal argument broke out between them Thursday night.

"The argument escalated into a physical altercation," Lack said, adding that he did not know which man attacked first. "When the victim fell to the ground, the [Fenelon] began to viciously punch, kick, and stomp him in the face, neck and head, causing his death."

Lack stated that there were "several witnesses to the event," but none of them tried to intervene to stop the brutal attack. Police do not believe it was gang-related. It was a passerby who called 911 at 9:02 p.m. to report an attack in progress.

Patrol cars and emergency vehicles quickly descended upon the scene, but Fenelon had already fled on foot. He was arrested at his home, located on Hempstead Turnpike, just before 11 p.m.  

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are not releasing his name until his family is notified. As of 12:30 p.m. Friday, Lack said police had still not located the victim's relatives and did not know whether or not he did have any family members living in the local area. 

Fenelon was arraigned late Friday morning in First District Court in Hempstead. He faces charges of second degree murder.

This is not Fenelon's first offense. Lack stated that he also has priors for second-degree robbery in 2001, a warrant arrest for violating his probation in March 2004 and a DWI arrest in 2009.

In the 2001 incident, Lack said Fenelon and another perpetrator stole a bicycle from a man. Similar to Thursday's attack, the victim was knocked to the ground, and Fenelon and his accomplice then punched and kicked him.

Local Resident August 03, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Nice. Once it was all done the police showed up. Give me a break. Why did it take so long. 7-11 is just a few blocks away.....
Joe Friday August 04, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Cuz no one called the cops untip he was dead? Duhhhhh.....
Joe Friday August 04, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Gregg Jefferies August 04, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Looks like a nice guy. Crime displacement from Courtesy hotel. You can't get rid of crime you can only move it to another location.
Jason August 04, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Baby1977 August 06, 2012 at 05:05 AM
rip to my cousin! we love you and will miss forever! sleep with the angels!
Baby1977 August 06, 2012 at 05:06 AM
@ Jason he's not illegal! so stfu
Baby1977 August 06, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Baby1977 August 06, 2012 at 05:07 AM
i agree ! they took too long !
Baby1977 August 06, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Life is too short for all this senseless acts of violent! Sleep in Peace cousin! We love you and will forever miss you!
Stacy Maeve August 06, 2012 at 03:18 PM
What a stupid and foolish thing to say! The victim was not illegal, he comes from a very hard working loving close family. Freedom of speech just gave you the right to sound like an ignorant fool!
Baby1977 August 06, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Stacey I agree!
Mr.LB August 07, 2012 at 01:30 AM
R.I.P. Kid you will be missed,and respected for what you did.
Mr.LB August 07, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Ant nobody illegal IDIOT....
rav b August 07, 2012 at 06:44 AM
@ Mr Lb do u mind sharing what my cousin did
Mrs.YB August 08, 2012 at 04:34 AM
So so sad and senseless, may you r.i.p mike
Mrs.YB August 08, 2012 at 04:40 AM
He was defending someone else, who had been there just before..to all you ignorant people out there if you have nothing nice to say keep your comments to yourself and have some respect ok..there is a lil boy who will never see his dad again, have some compassion


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