2018-02-28 / Front Page

Guilty Verdict In Kissena Park Slay

By Liz Goff
A 28-year-old Queens man has been convicted of murder and other charges in the stabbing and slashing death of a young woman whose remains were found inside Kissena Corridor Park in the fall of 2015, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Christopher Sobers was convicted of second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of stolen property in the killing of Qing Qing Kiemde, 28, whose body was found inside the park on October 11, 2015.

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. The man made the awful discovery as he was walking on a dirt path inside the park near Colden Avenue in Flushing.

District Attorney Brown said the victim, who lived in Elmhurst and worked in a bakery, met Sobers at a group meeting and became romantically involved with him. Kiemde was last seen leaving her job at the 88 Bakery & Café in Elmhurst on October 10, 2015, prosecutors said.

Investigators initially believed 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 lived in Elmhurst. Her whereabouts remained unknown until her remains were identified by the city Medical Examiner’s office, which said Kiemde suffered at least six stab wounds.

Technicians were able to identify Kiemde through a set of fingerprints she gave on a job application, prosecutors said.

According to court records, when Sobers was taken in for questioning by police, he was in possession of Kiemde’s cell phone. Sobers had removed all of Kiemde’s information from the phone and had added his own data. Sobers was also seen, after her disappearance, carrying a shoulder bag with the same very distinctive features as a bag that belonged to Kiemde.

When he was taken into custody, Sobers had a history of 14 arrests on charges including rape, burglary and weapons possession, a police source said. Most of those cases had been sealed.

Sobers faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on March 14 in Queens Supreme Court.

“This was a brutal killing,” Brown said. “After thoroughly reviewing the evidence, the jury found the defendant guilty and he now faces a very long term of incarceration—to protect others from harm and to punish him for this heinous crime.”

 

 

 

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