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Alleged killer’s body found in Hudson

Funeral held in Flushing for shooting victim Zachariah Yong Jae Shin

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Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 11:35 am | Updated: 10:52 am, Thu Oct 10, 2013.

As shooting victim Zachariah Yong Jae Shin of Whitestone was being laid to rest on Monday, police recovered the body of the alleged gunman, who was found in the Hudson River, just a few miles from where his car was discovered last week.

Sang Ho Kim, 63, of Fresh Meadows, is alleged to have shot the owner of a lighting fixture company, Savenergy, near Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, LI on Sept. 25 in a disagreement over money. Kim was a vendor for the firm and believed the business owed him money. 

According to published reports, Kim entered the business and asked for Shin, 25, who worked there. Shin was talking to the store’s owner, John Choi. The gunman allegedly shot Choi first and then Shin. It is believed that Kim had a dispute with Shin’s parents over work he did in their house and wasn’t paid.

Choi, 68, who lives on Long Island, was shot in the head but survived.

Kim disappeared after the shooting, and his white Honda Pilot was found a day later near a park in Putnam County’s Cold Spring. Police were searching for him in the woods. 

The shooting spree caused lock downs and door-to-door searches from Long Island to Dutchess County as law enforcement officials continued a manhunt to find Kim.

A boater spotted Kim’s body near Iona Island, a small piece of land in the Hudson in Stony Point, near the Bear Mountain Bridge. Police say the body had been in the water for several days and Kim was later identified through fingerprints.

The medical examiner will decide on the cause of death, which is thought to be suicide. Kim’s mother died seven years ago and she was cremated. Her ashes were strewn near the upstate bridge. 

The alleged perpetrator was described by associates as having a temper and blaming others for his failures. He lived with his wife in an apartment on 64th Avenue.

Choi and Kim met a year ago, according to published reports, at the Hyo Shin Bible Presbyterian Church in Flushing.  Kim was out of a job and Choi decided to help him out with work.

But the relationship deteriorated over the year when Kim allegedy bullied the staff and made a lot of demands.

A memorial service was held for Shin over the weekend, with his funeral on Monday at the Central Funeral Home in Flushing. The victim, who was interred in Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, LI, was described as very intelligent and well-liked. 

He and his family came to the United States from Korea 10 years ago and were members of the Korean Evangelical Church.Shin graduated from Syracuse University and wanted to become a dentist.  

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