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Man Charged with Murder in Stray Bullet Killing of Jackson Heights Mom


Oct. 3, 2020 By Christian Murray

Police have arrested a Corona man for a stray bullet shooting that killed a Jackson Heights mother inside her 34th Avenue apartment early Wednesday morning.

Issam Elabbar,31, who lives on 41st Avenue, was nabbed by detectives around 2 a.m. Saturday and faces multiple charges, including murder, manslaughter and possession of a loaded fire arm.

Elabbar allegedly fired the bullet that went through the window of a third-floor apartment at 91-16 34th Ave. and killed Bertha Arriaga, 43, a mother of three.

Arriaga, a Mexican immigrant, was looking out her bedroom window when she was fatally shot in the neck.

Her 14-year-old son found Arriaga’s body on her bedroom floor.

The police released video footage of two men trying to steal a bicycle chained outside Arriaga’s apartment building at the time of her death. Sources say the men made a lot of noise, which awoke Arriaga causing her to go to the window.

Police received a tip identifying Elabbar as one of the two men in the footage. A $10,000 reward was offered for any info that could lead to Arriaga’s killer.

A gofundme page has been set up to raise funds for Arriaga’s family.

She leaves behind a husband, Jorge Aguilar, and three boys– ages 14,10 and 6-years-old.

Jorge Aguilar and Bertha Arriaga with their three children (Photo: GofundMe)

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I saw this on the news this morning. The neighborhood is just devastated. The city is failing to protect minority neighborhoods.

Really? Minorities have their own neighborhoods???

Just say it. Poor areas.

And plenty of “non minorities’ live in poor areas.


Such a sad time in our community. I wish i could afford to move to a safer area and live in a one family house with a big backyard. I worry about my families safety everyday.

DeBlasio city 🐀

The increase of crime, the budget crisis, the reopening of schools, the homeless situation , NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio is incompetent. He should be fined and taken out of office for dereliction of duty.


Who is the landlord renting a place to this criminal? Landlords need to act responsibly and stop renting to criminals!

more progressive silliness....

Even though HUD does not list those with criminal records or convicted felonies as a protected class, in a decision in 2016 interpretive of the Fair Housing Act, landlords may violate the law if they reject potential tenants with criminal records.

Fact check

@More -Your post is erroneous. Summary of The Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968) introduced meaningful federal enforcement mechanisms. It outlaws: Refusal to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of race, color, disability, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin.
HUD’s latest clarification of unacceptable behavior under the Fair Housing Act was published last month and became effective last Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. HUD’s Final Rule, entitled Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment Harassment and Liability for Discriminatory Practices Under the Fair Housing Act, adds a new subpart to the Fair Housing Act that provides standard definitions and examples of two specific types of harassment that were more commonly acknowledged in civil rights protections for employees. In this final rule, HUD acknowledges that “one’s home is a place of privacy, security, and refuge (or should be), and harassment that occurs in or around one’s home can be far more intrusive, violative, and threatening than harassment in the more public environment of one’s workplace.”
This final rule can be found at This just requires a simple google search. Stop spreading lies and misinformation. If you had actual faith in your ideology, you would not feel the need to lie and distort.


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