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Reward offered for info in deli killing

NYPD offers $12K for tips leading to arrest, conviction in Ridgewood death

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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:42 am, Thu Jan 3, 2013.

Authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in their ongoing investigation into the Dec. 20 murder of a 26-year-old deli manager who was shot and killed in his Onderdonk Avenue business in Ridgewood.

The NYPD is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed Ishak Ghali, who was shot inside the All Friends Grocery and Deli just after 6 p.m.

The department’s Crime Stoppers Bureau is offering an additional reward of $2,000.

Police officers responding to a 911 call arrived at the store, located at 675 Onderdonk Ave. at the intersection with Gates Ave., at 6:04 p.m.

Upon entering they found Ghali had been shot in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene by city EMS personnel.

Police are believed to be investigating robbery among the possible motives, and published reports said they are examining security camera footage from nearby businesses in an effort to identify someone.

Ghali’s Facebook page says the native of Egypt was a Ridgewood resident.

His cousin, Agype Messi, commenting on his own Facebook page, mourned Ghali.

“RIP Best cousin ever ... will never forget u ...” he wrote in a posting last week on the social media site.

By Wednesday morning Messi had redone his page as a tribute to his cousin, complete with photographs of Ghali at typical New York City places such as the Empire State Building, Kennedy Airport and a shopping mall.

“Can’t take it that I won’t see u again,” Messi wrote. “Miss U.”

Several people, leaving messages in Messi’s and Ghali’s pages, asked God’s blessing on Ghali and blessings for his mother.

One woman left a graphic based on the classic yellow smiley face, only with a tear coming down from one eye.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public also can submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

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