A teenage boy accused of murdering another teen in San Francisco’s Silver Terrace neighborhood last weekend made his first appearance in juvenile court this morning. The 15-year-old boy is accused of shooting 16-year-old Andy Zeng, whose body was found in a home in the 2100 block of Quesada Avenue early Sunday morning. Four teens were originally arrested in connection with the death, but the district attorney’s office had only charged two – the 15-year-old and 18-year-old Jimmy Lei – as of today. A fifth teenage boy is also still being sought, police said. The 15-year-old was charged with murder, attempted arson, and use of an incendiary device. Lee was charged with being an accessory to the murder after the fact, as well as the attempted arson and incendiary counts, prosecutors said. The attempted arson charges were filed because investigators found an accelerant – either gasoline or kerosene – where Zeng was found, police said. Police and prosecutors have not released any other details about the crime itself or a motive. District Attorney George Gascon, who spoke to reporters outside of court, admitted that “this is an unusual case” but said he could not go into further detail because it is still an ongoing investigation. The teen charged with murder, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, wore a long-sleeve shirt and khaki-colored pants in court this morning. The families of both Zeng and the defendant were in court for the hearing. Outside of court, Zeng’s father – who did not want to be named – said through a translator that he wanted more stringent gun and truancy laws, which he said could have saved his only son from being killed. The defendant is scheduled to return to court to be arraigned on April 20. The district attorney’s office will not seek to charge him as an adult in the case, Gascon said. Lei, the only one of the four suspects who is an adult, is scheduled to be arraigned at the San Francisco Hall of Justice this afternoon.
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