Killing of Bronx-based Guyanese:
Man charged with second-degree murder
Guyana Chronicle
May 1, 2004

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BRONX, N.Y. - The man suspected of killing Guyanese immigrant, Waheeda Khan, was Thursday night behind bars at the 17th Precinct in midtown Manhattan, charged with second-degree murder.

Guyanese Jacob Cecil, apparently the boyfriend of Khan, turned himself in two days after he allegedly beat the recently naturalised U.S. citizen to death.

Police claim Cecil, 57, killed Khan, 37, during an argument after 1 a.m. Tuesday.

They speculate that he was angry because the mother of two planned to fly to Guyana Wednesday and try to rekindle her marriage with her husband there.

Sources tell Hardbeatnews that Khan had recently upgraded an immigration petition for her husband soon after becoming a U.S. citizen in March.

The Guyanese immigrant worked as a health care worker and lived in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx.

Yesterday, efforts were being made to secure a visa for Khan's husband to travel to the U.S. for the funeral, sources told HBN.

"What it shows is the strain these waits cause on relationships," added the source. "Many marriages have broken up on account of these long waits." - Hardbeatnews