Man charged with killing teenage African immigrant
COHOES, N.Y. (AP) — A 22-year-old man is in jail after being charged with fatally shooting a teenage immigrant from Africa whose body was found along an Albany-area bicycle path last week.
Authorities say Thomas Slivienski, of Watervliet (wah-ter-vuh-LEET’), is being held Friday in the Albany County Jail without bail.
He’s charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of 17-year-old Johni Dunia, whose body was found along a bike path in the city of Cohoes (kuh-HOHZ’) on Nov. 16.
Police say the suspect and victim knew each other but a motive for the slaying hasn’t been released.
Slivienski pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. A public defender is not commenting on the charges.
Dunia was a junior at Cohoes High School. He and his family emigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo eight years ago.