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Brooklyn Man Charged in Computer Repair Shop Slaying: Police

Mohamad Bilal was getting ready to visit his newborn son when he was shot and killed Monday, family members said

By Andrew Siff and Brynn Gingras
|  Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013  |  Updated 9:10 AM EDT
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Police have made an arrest in the murder of a Pakistani immigrant at an East New York computer repair shop. Checkey Beckford reports.

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Police have made an arrest in the murder of a Pakistani immigrant at an East New York computer repair shop. Checkey Beckford reports.

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A man has been charged in the fatal shooting Monday afternoon of a Brooklyn computer repair shop worker who was getting ready to see his newborn son for the first time.

Twenty-four-year-old Robert Bullock, of Brooklyn, is charged with murder, attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon in the death of 32-year-old Mohamed Bilal Monday afternoon at the New Attitude computer repair shop in East New York.

Bullock is accused of shooting Bilal in the chest while the victim fixed a cell phone. Bilal was pronounced dead upon arrival to Brookdale Hospital.

The NYPD wouldn't elaborate on a motive for Bilal's killing before Bullock was arrested.

Bullock said nothing to reporters as he was led out of a police station Tuesday evening, only answering "no" when asked if he killed Bilal. 

Bilal, who has lived in the U.S. for the last three years, had already packed his bags to visit his 2-month-old son and wife in Pakistan when he was killed, according to one of his cousins, Shakir Ellahi. The 29-year-old had never met his newborn son in person, only catching glimpses of the boy during Skype video calls with his wife.

Now, instead of planning for his arrival, Bilal's family is planning a funeral for tomorrow. His body will then be sent back to Pakistan, Ellahi told NBC 4 New York.

Ellahi said he couldn't understand why anyone would want his cousin dead.

"He made friends with almost everyone around him," he said. 

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