WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Five people, including four teens, are charged in connection with the murder of a Chinese restaurant delivery driver in Wilmington.
Zhen Bo Liu, 60, was found dead in a car near 13th and Queen Streets June 14. He was on duty when he was killed.
I spoke with a few of Liu's coworkers at the China King on S. 17th St., who were rocked by their friend's cold-blooded murder. The restaurant has stopped delivering because of it.
Police say Liu was shot and killed over a $48 meal.
“They shot this guy, took the food and they went back to a house a short distance away and all sat down and ate it. Now if that's not cold-blooded, I've never seen it,” aid Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous.
Police say Cornell Dwayne Haugabook Jr., 20, and a 15-year-old boy, who police will not identify because he is a juvenile, are charged with murder and armed robbery.
Manije Daneek Johnson, 16, Rasheed Ramone Thompson, 16, and Marvin Lee White, 18, are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with the crime.
“I’ve been a prosecutor now in this office for 13 years,” said New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David. “I've handled the bulk of the murder cases, and by any objective measure this is the worst I've seen.”
David says everyone will be held fully accountable for Liu's murder.
“There will be discussions moving forward about whether this case is death penalty eligible,” David said.
By state law anyone under 18 cannot face the death penalty, but the juvenile could still face life without parole.
Chief Evangelous says he hopes these arrests will serve as a warning to others.
“If you're going to be involved in this type of activity, we're going to hunt you down and we're going to put you and jail and put you in prison,” he says.
Police say they do not know if the crimes were gang related.