An Indian-American man confessed to police that he had stabbed his cousin to death on June 26, though the motives are not yet clear. A Richmond Hill man was arraigned on murder and weapon possession charges after he confessed to fatally stabbing his cousin inside an apartment they shared earlier this week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced.
Sharanjit Singh was stabbed by his cousin and roommate Lovedeep Singh in the early hours of that morning, at a home in Queens and could not be revived after being taken to the hospital.
Lovedeep Singh, 24, told police officers who arrived at the scene that he stabbed his cousin and roommate, Sharanjit Singh, 26, in the neck and torso when the two had an argument inside their third-floor apartment at 94-28 117 St., near Atlantic Avenue, around 2:30 a.m. Monday, authorities said.
The victim was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the NYPD.
Investigators later recovered a knife at the scene, police said. Singh, who does not have any prior arrests, was arraigned Monday night and ordered held without bail, officials said.
“The defendant is accused of senselessly stabbing to death his cousin and roommate,” Brown said in a statement. “This is a family tragedy for all concerned.”
It’s unclear what the men were fighting about, police said. If convicted, Singh faces up to 25 years to life in prison, prosecutors said. He is due back in court on June 30.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told Daily News Lovedeep Singh, the cousin, made a statement to police. “I’m guilty, I’m the one who killed him,” Boyce quoted Lovedeep Singh saying. The 24-year old is being held on murder and weapons charges without bail, according to the news report.
Coming from a small town in India four years ago looking for opportunities to help his parents at home, the page says the young man was hardworking and loved to drive, and had lived in London, U.K. before moving to the U.S.. While alive, he drove multiple cab hailing services for the last 6 months since he got his driver’s license.