Man indicted in 2015 Akron pizza shop murder


Shaquille Anderson (Photo courtesy: Summit County Prosecutor’s Office)

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AKRON, Ohio–A 24-year-old man was indicted in the shooting death of an employee at an Akron pizza shop.

Zakareia Husein was working at his family’s pizza shop , Premium New York Style Pizza,  on Dec 7, 2015 when a masked gunman demanded money. The 21-year-old handed over cash, but was shot and killed.

A Summit County grand jury indicted Shaquille Anderson, who was identified as a suspect nearly a year ago, on charges of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery and having a weapon under a disability. He will be arraigned in Summit County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday.

For Zak’s oldest brother Ammar, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster for the past several years.

“I’ve thought about it everyday, every day since several hours after it happened and a detective told me he didn’t make it. Since then I’ve pictured that moment,” said Ammar.

“I can live mad and disgruntled, angry at the world or I can forgive you and move on. That’s it, I move on. It sucks, it hurts,” said Ammar.

“As in all cases of this magnitude, justice for the victim and his family is our main priority and our office obtained information from multiple sources in conducting our charging decision,” said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, in a news release on Tuesday. “Under the law, Shaquille Anderson faces a possible sentence of life without parole.”

Ammar says he will honor Zak’s legacy by leaning on his Muslim faith to get through the court proceedings ahead.

“There are all these people my little brother helped that I didn’t. And they remember him but they don’t remember me. As a man, you think of your legacy at times. To know that my legacy will always be tied to him is awesome,” said Ammar.

Akron police said they received tips while investigating a string of armed robberies that lead them to the suspect

Anderson was incarcerated at the Mansfield Correctional Institution on unrelated charges. In 2016, he pleaded guilty to eight counts of aggravated robbery, and was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

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