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Suspect in 1999 Hicksville slaying extradited from Trinidad

Balkumar Singh, 37, a fugitive police said was

Balkumar Singh, 37, a fugitive police said was wanted in the 1999 murder of Abzal Khan that took place outside the Masonic Temple in Hicksville, is escorted from Nassau police headquarters in Mineola on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

A suspect in a 1999 slaying in Hicksville was arrested in Trinidad and extradited Friday to Nassau County to face a murder charge.

Police said the fugitive, Balkumar Singh, 37, fled after shooting a 19-year-old Queens man multiple times with an automatic weapon.

Singh crashed a wedding at the Masonic Temple in Hicksville the night of June 13, 1999, and got into an argument, Nassau homicide detectives said at the time.

The victim, Abzal Khan, 19, of Kew Gardens, was a guest at the wedding and although he didn't fight with Singh, he was with people who did, police said.

According to police, Singh left the wedding and waited outside with a gun. When Khan walked out with family members, Singh approached and started shooting.

Police said Singh's last known address was in Woodhaven, Queens, and that he also went by another name, Tevin Terry Persaud. He was believed to have passports from Guyana in both names and was considered armed and dangerous.

According to Interpol, the international police agency, Singh is a Guyanese-born U.S. citizen who was wanted in the United States on a slew of charges, including second-degree murder, assault, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and evidence tampering.

Singh was taken into custody in Trinidad on March 27 by Interpol authorities, police said. Details on the arrest were not immediately available.

The U.S. Marshals Service arranged for Singh's extradition with help from Nassau homicide detectives.

Inshan Khan is relieved that the man accused of killing his son has finally been captured.

"We were looking for justice for 16 years and now the justice is going to come," Khan, 62, of Kew Gardens, said Friday night.

With his wife and older son, Khan said he plans to attend Singh's arraignment on a second-degree murder charge Monday in Nassau County Court in Mineola.

"I feel an ease in my heart that they caught the culprit that killed my son," the father said. "It was rough. . . . I always prayed to the Lord that we will catch him one day and bring him to justice. It will always be an emotional time for us."


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