(NY DAILY NEWS)They wanted to see the man who took their daughter away from them.
The grandfather, father and stepmother of 16-year-old Shemel Mercurius showed up at the 67th Precinct stationhouse in Brooklyn Friday morning to watch cops haul Taariq Stephens — the man accused of killing the beloved teen— to court.
“You see the pictures on the TV … in articles on your phone,” the teen’s grandfather Harold Mercurius said. “I just wanted to (see him for myself).”
Mercurius’ father Dexter Mercurius wanted to see if he recognized his daughter’s killer.
“I know this person used to live right in the neighborhood, and I wanted to see if I knew this guy – but honestly, I never knew this guy,” he said. “My daughter’s 16 and he’s 24. I would like to know why he did this. It’s still hard for me right now.”
A motive for the killing was not immediately disclosed.
Stephens said nothing as detectives escorted him to a waiting unmarked squad car.
The 24-year-old, who has more than a dozen arrests under his belt, turned himself in Thursday after his lawyer arranged the surrender with police. He was charged with murder and weapons possession.
Stephens is accused of shooting Mercurius with a submachine gun after forcing his way into her Brooklyn Ave. home Tuesday.
The teen was shot in both arms, with one of the bullets punching through her right arm into her chest.
With her dying breath, Shemel Mercurius, 16, gave police her alleged killer’s first name, sources said.
Her father said he was thankful for the police who investigated the killing — and that Stephens had enough sense to surrender.
“Thank God for this guy turning himself in,” the dad said. “God will take it from here.”