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A small memorial has been placed where Zhen Bo Liu was slain near 13th and Queen streets. A small memorial has been placed where Zhen Bo Liu was slain near 13th and Queen streets.
Wilmington police say the suspects ordered food from Liu. When Liu arrived with the ordered delivery, they shot and killed him, and then sat down to eat dinner. Wilmington police say the suspects ordered food from Liu. When Liu arrived with the ordered delivery, they shot and killed him, and then sat down to eat dinner.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Roadside flowers serve as a reminder of the life of a delivery driver who was recently shot and killed while on the job.

A small memorial has been placed where Zhen Bo Liu was slain near 13th and Queen streets. Six suspects, five of which are teenagers, have been arrested in connection to his death.

Wilmington police say the suspects ordered food from Liu. When Liu arrived with the ordered delivery, they shot and killed him, and then sat down to eat dinner.

A neighbor close to the scene of the crime said that one day prior to the killing, the suspects were hanging around on the corner of the block where Liu was killed, asking for money.

The neighbor told them that they could help with some light yard work to make some money, but they declined the offer.

WECT.com wanted to dig deeper to see if the recent ruling by the US Supreme Court would affect the prosecution of the men.

According to Ben David, who is the district attorney for Pender and New Hanover counties, the new ruling states that life without parole sentencing for juveniles can still be reached. The ruling means it is now no longer mandatory.

It also means that people sentenced to life without parole in the past could possibly receive a new sentencing.

David pointed out the case of Lakendra Grady.

She was 17-years-old when a New Hanover County jury found her guilty of first degree murder in 2008.

David said the ruling does not specify yet what can happen to juveniles already sentenced but has a feeling she could receive a new one.

David said he plans to prosecute the men accused of killing Liu to the fullest extent.

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