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Continuing this blog’s coverage of some of the most heinous crimes committed in North America by former stars of our junior chess progams (!)…one more story that you will never find on Susan Polgar’s site:
Elderly Carjacking Suspect Former Child Chess Prodigy
Suspect’s Father Says Son’s Involvement ‘Obvious,’
But Won’t Turn His Back On Him
POSTED: 2:24 pm EST November 12, 2009
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A suspect in the carjacking of an elderly couple, one of whom was shot, was once a chess prodigy as a child.
Shamsiddin Saleem is charged with carjacking and second-degree attempted murder. He was ordered held without bond Thursday morning.
His father, Taqiyy Saleem, said his son was once a master chess player whose life took a turn in the wrong direction.
“Are you a mother?” Taqiyy Saleem asked WPBF 25 News’ Tory Dunnan after his son’s first appearance in court. “What would a mother or father feel if they find out something like this has occurred? Do you think it’s something that they would be proud of? No.”
Delray Beach police said Saleem admitted to following 82-year-old Russell Keegan and 90-year-old Gertrude Stern to their Delray Beach condominium on Boxwood Drive, and Taqiyy Saleem said it was obvious his son was involved in Monday night’s carjacking.
“He’s incarcerated,” Taqiyy Saleem said. “It’s obvious.”
But the suspect’s younger brother, Sulaiman Saleem, said his brother wasn’t alone and didn’t pull the trigger.
“He’s a good guy until you make him mad, I guess,” Sulaiman Saleem said.
Keegan was shot in the neck and is partially paralyzed. Stern suffered a broken hip.
Police said they believe at least one other person fled the scene in a red or burgundy pickup truck.
“I wish I knew (who it was),” Taqiyy Saleem said. “I wish I knew. I’d go get them myself.”
Taqiyy Saleem said he won’t turn his back on his son, even if he’s behind bars.
“I’m still his father,” Taqiyy Saleem said. “I’m his father. … A child that comes out of your womb,
out of your loins, is he not a good child?”
Still, Taqiyy Saleem said he wishes he could turn back the clock.
“His grandparents are the same age as the people that are injured,” he said. “So, what are you supposed to do? The pendulum of justice has to swing fairly to where it needs to be swung.”
Police continue to investigate.
SUSPECT HAD LONG RAP SHEET http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime/carjack-suspect-has-long-rap-sheet-50932.html?imw=Y
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