Keya Simon’s mother glad charges laid in daughter’s murder
BY HALEY RYAN/ METRO NEWS
The next time Demarqus Shane Beals appears in court, Torina Simon said she will be sitting in the gallery with a smile on her face.
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Torina Simon, left, and her husband Noel talk to Metro last January about the unsolved murder of their daughter Keya, who was killed in Dartmouth in January 2011.
Torina said while she’s thankful the police charged Beals and Downey, it also brings back the emotions of Jan. 8, 2011 when she got “that call” about Simon.
She’s still angry no one at the party came forward to talk about what happened, especially Allison, and plans to come to their next court date.
“I want to see those monsters. That’s what they are,” Torina said. “You can do something like that and keep your mouth shut for three years, and have no conscience?”
Beals is facing a charge of second-degree murder in Simon’s death, and will next appear Sept.22.
“You’re going to see my face, and I want to know why you killed her … what satisfaction did you get from it?” she said.
Torina said she does not know either of the accused, but remembers hearing Simon talk about a “Demarqus” before the party.
Simon’s son is now four-years-old, Torina said, and has his own personality although he looks like Keya.
Torina said Simon is finally getting justice, and now her grandson can grow up knowing his mother “didn’t leave on her own will.”
Multiple family members and supporters of the accused were in Dartmouth court Thursday, but Torina said she’s not concerned about other people.
“I’m not going to have no anger on my face, I’m going to sit there with joy,” Torina said. “You had your freedom for three years now let your family come and see … you behind bars.
“At least they get a chance to see you.”
Torina said while she feels closure over Simon’s death, it’s good to have the case move forward and deal with “dirt that’s left behind.”
“They were hoping that nobody would say anything … and all your secrets are going to come out,” she said.