New York – Reports suggest that a 26-year old Indian origin man has been stabbed to death. The man who has been identified as Sharanjit Singh was reportedly killed in an apartment in New York City borough Queens a few days ago.
But the killing is not an act of hate crime that seems to have skyrocketed in recent months across the US. The attacker was identified as Lovedeep Singh, who is said to be a cousin of the victim who lost his life on July 26.
Police have said that the two had an argument on some issues and the argument escalated to a level where Lovedeep Singh attacked his own cousin, two years elder to him. Police report says that 24-year old Lovedeep stabbed him in the neck and torso. The two lived in the same apartment in New York City.
The suspect has reportedly been charged with second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Lovedeep admitted to police that he fatally stabbed his cousin and roommate Sharanjit. He was arraigned on Tuesday before Queens Criminal Court Judge Eugene Guarino on a criminal complaint. Queens District Attorney Brown said Lovedeep is accused of “senselessly stabbing to death his cousin and roommate. This is a family tragedy for all concerned”.
The victim, according to reports worked as a driver and had moved to the US from India in 2013. His parents still live in India. The motive behind the murder was not immediately known, police said.