Was Isaac Kadare Murdered for Cash?

Devastated relatives of 59-year-old shopkeeper Isaac Kadare, owner of Amazing 99 Cent Deals at 1877 86th Street in Bensonhurst, believe that Kadare, found at around 9 PM on Thursday shot in the head and stabbed in the neck, died for the cash in his pocket.

Kadare was found by a friend who noticed that his store was open later than usual.

Although cops at the scene said there was no evidence of motive, thirty-year Brooklyn resident Kadare, born of Israeli parents in Egypt, is believed to have been carrying $900 in rent collected from the tenant in the apartment above his shop when he was killed.

The married father of four children had owned the former furniture store for 16 years, converting it to a discount shop during the recession to try to generate more cash.

The store had no surveillance cameras.

His family described Kadare as a devoted father, a hard-working businesman and a devoutly religious Jew.

The article from the Daily News.

According to newssite Vosizneias, Kadare's Sephardic community is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.

CBS Local reported that State Senator Marty Golden has also offered a $5,000 reward.

The NYPD has mounted posters on storefronts along the main commercial streets in Bay Ridge, 5th and 3rd Avenues, announcing a reward of up to $12,000 for information leading to the arrest, indictment and conviction of the perpetrator(s).

The composite sketch on the poster shows the man being sought for questioning. Cops are taking the sketch store-to-store looking for the suspect.

The NYPD has linked the .22 caliber slug removed from Isaac Kadare's head to the gun used to shoot Mohammed Gebeli, the Bay Ridge shopkeeper found dead just two miles away in his store, Valentino Fashion, at 7718 Fifth Ave. in Bay Ridge, a month ago.

Cops believe that the victims, both found lying in the aisles of their stores covered in a distinctive way, were killed by the same perpetrator.

Like Kadare, Gebeli was an older man working alone, with no surveillance cameras in his store. 

Witnesses described the Kadare suspect's behavior as "disturbed":  saying he was wearing headphones and mumbling about "putting a bullet in someone's head".

The young Hispanic male, about 5'5" and weighing around 140 lbs, entered Kadare’s 86th Street store wearing a ski mask and carrying a knife and gun.

Fleeing the scene, the suspect ran into a Mexican bakery, bumping into and yelling at another witness. Moments later, the suspect left the bakery and jumped into a black/gray two-door jeep.

Cops saw significance in the street numbers of the victims' stores: 1877 86th St. (Kadare) and 7718 Fifth Ave. (Gebeli) are numerical anagrams. But maybe it was just a coincidence.

The Daily News article.

Local shopkeepers are afraid for their lives in the wake of the Gebeli and Kadare murders (NBC.)

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