2016-1-6 / Front Page

Kissena Park Murder Arrest

By Liz Goff
Queens detectives last week charged a 25-year-old Brooklyn man in the murder of an Elmhurst woman, whose mutilated remains were found  inside Kissena Corridor Park in October.

Christopher Sobers, of Flatbush, was arrested on December 28 and charged with murder and robbery in the gruesome knifing of Qing Qing Kiemde, whose body was found inside the park on October 11.

A homeless man who discovered the body was “so upset” by the brutality of the murder that he headed to a nearby church where a priest called 911,, law enforcement sources said. The man made the grisly discovery at about 3 p.m. on October 11, as he was walking on a dirt path inside the park near Colden Avenue in Flushing.

The city Medical Examiner’s office said Kiemde’s jugular vein was severed and she suffered at least six deep stab wounds to her neck, chest and stomach - wounds so deep that her organs were exposed. Investigators were able to identify Kiemde through a set of fingerprints she gave on a job application, police said.

Police said Kiemde was last seen when she left her job at 88 Bakery & Café in Elmhurst on October 10. Investigators were initially seeking to question her ex-husband in the murder, a law enforcement source said.

Investigators initially thought Kiemde might have been jogging or walking in the park in the moments prior to the attack, but they ruled out that theory when they learned she was living in Elmhurst.

Cops said Kiemde and Sober were “acquaintances” but the nature of their relationship remains unclear.

Sober has a history of 14 arrests on charges including rape, burglary and weapons possession, a police source said. Most of those cases have been sealed, the source said.

Sober was ordered held without bail at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.

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