Second Suspect Arrested In The Killing Of A Liberian Businessman In Charlotte

By Ely Portillo

Massaquoi Kotay, the homicide victim
Massaquoi Kotay, the homicide victim

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said Wednesday that they’ve arrested a second suspect in the killing of a 45-year-old man who owned an African food mart on North Tryon Street.

Massaquoi Kotay was found dead in his store Thursday afternoon. He had been shot in a robbery, police said. Kotay owned Mina African Mart and was prominent in Charlotte’s Liberian community, family members said.

On Wednesday, CMPD officers charged Shalom Quran Scott, 20, with murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the case. He was arrested early Wednesday morning on unrelated warrants.

Scott is the second person arrested in the killing; 19-year-old Desmond Black was charged with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon on Friday.

Police said they’re not seeking any further suspects in the killing.

SOURCE: The Charlotte Observer online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.