BEAU MUM IN SUBWAY FALL DEATH
By Greg Gittrich and Nicole Bode
The boyfriend of a teenager who died after mysteriously collapsing on a midtown subway platform was in a “state of shock” yesterday, unable to shed any light on the tragedy, the girl’s family said yesterday.
“He doesn’t want to talk to anyone, he doesn’t even want to come to the phone,” said Zakiya Kennedy’s father, Kevin, 44.
Zakiya, 18, fell and complained of head and leg pain at the 42nd Street uptown D train platform Friday night. She died a short time later.
“They can’t find her cause of death,” said Kevin Kennedy, as he stood beside a memorial for his daughter in the lobby of the Frederick Douglas Houses on the upper west side. “There’s a lot of questions unanswered.”
Kennedy added he was “angry and confused” at the actions of his daughter’s boyfriend, identified only as Jermaine.
Relatives said they believe Jermaine pushed Zakiya during an argument. He fled just before Zakiya told a cop she had fallen and needed aid, relatives said. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:15, police said.
“I’m just upset that he left her,” Kennedy said. “From the first time I met him, he seemed like a nice guy.”
Police are still investigating how Zakiya died.