Kannapolis man charged with accidentally killing foster brother

Published 9:36 am Friday, October 22, 2021

KANNAPOLIS — A Kannapolis man is being held in York County, South Carolina, after being charged with involuntary manslaughter in Rowan County.

Jahrell Dashawn McKenzie Jr., a 28-year-old who lived in Kannapolis, is accused of accidentally shooting and killing his 17-year-old foster brother Thursday morning at 2103 Fowler St., which is just outside of the northern city limits.

The teenager was struck in the back after a bullet was fired from a gun McKenzie was playing with, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. He died at the scene, said Maj. John Sifford of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. McKenzie left the area after the shooting.

Sifford said deputies are working to bring McKenzie back to Rowan County to face the involuntary manslaughter charge.