NY Man Who Biked Around The World Killed by Thugs in North Carolina

An Islip man who had traveled the globe for the past decade and was planning a cross-country bicycle ride was shot to death by robbers after he missed his bus connection in Fayetteville, North Carolina, last week, police and his family said.

Mark Boyd, 32, was shot late Thursday, and was pronounced dead early Friday, after a man he met in the Fayetteville bus depot offered him a place to sleep, they said. Instead, the man and an accomplice drove him to a secluded area, shot him and stole his crated bicycle and camping gear, they said.

“Everywhere he went he met kind people, and he was a kind and good person. Then he came back to America and this happens,” his stepmother, Susanne Boyd of Islip, said in an interview Monday.

“I met his father and married 20 years ago,” she said. “Our children followed him like the Pied Piper. Shane, who is 13, would say: ‘Tell me another story Mark,’ and he’d tell the story about how he thought his shoes were melting and it was a volcano.”

She said her son left last Thursday morning for St. Augustine, Florida, where he planned to uncrate his bicycle and pedal to the Pacific Ocean, a trip he expected to take several months.

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(L-R) Deshavonte Kemp, 19, and Carlos Jacob Engle, 32, were both charged with first-degree murder, police said. (Credit: Fayetteville Police Department)

Police allege 32-year-old Carlos Jacob Engle lured Boyd into a co-conspirator’s car on the pretense of helping him find a hotel room. Police said they think Engle and the other man robbed Boyd and then Engle shot Boyd several times. Investigators said Boyd’s bicycle, his saddle bag, a map, camping fuel, and personal items were stolen.

Engle is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Fayetteville police said Carlos Jacob Engle had previously served jail terms for armed robbery, assaulting a police officers and other crimes.

Boyd graduated in 2000 from Islip High School, where he had been on the lacrosse team. He graduated with honors from SUNY Oneonta with degrees in sociology and philosophy “and started his journey — Thailand, teaching English as a second language.”
“From Thailand to South Korea and Vietnam and Cambodia. He went to Egypt and rode a camel,” she said.

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