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Man Faces Murder Charge After Body Is Found In Pool Of Blood In Hell's Kitchen Apartment

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) -- A suspect was facing charges in a twisted murder in Manhattan on Thursday night, after a man was found dead in a pool of blood in his bathtub.

A uniformed officer stood guard outside of 41-year-old Jeffrey Wong's apartment building on 47th Street in Hell's Kitchen. Wong lives a block away from Khemraj Singh, 46, the man that he has been accused of killing.

Man Faces Murder Charge After Body Is Found In Pool Of Blood In Hell's Kitchen Apartment

On Thursday night, Wong was under arrest and charged with murder.

Councilman Corey Johnson knows the victim through Community Board 4 and the McMannus Democratic Club.

"I was troubled and shocked," Johnson said, "He was a tireless neighborhood activist who helped so many people."

As CBS 2's Matt Kozar reported, those sentiments were echoed across the neighborhood.

"When I heard it was Singh I said, 'that's not possible,'" Debbie Faison said.

"He would do anything for you. He always had a smile on his face. He was a gentle guy. He was really a fixture of the neighborhood," John Michael Bolger said.

Detectives said that Singh's death was staged to look like a slip and fall. A friend found his body in the bathtub underneath the shower curtain, but the Medical Examiner said it was no accident.

Singh died of head trauma.

Police found bloody scissors in the apartment, but don't believe that they were the murder weapon.

It is believed that the two men met in a nearby bar.

Police do not have a clear motive in the case, but said it was not a robbery because nothing was stolen. Surveillance video shows Wong and Singh walking towards Singh's building. Wong admitted to being in the apartment, but said that he didn't commit murder.

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