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Common-law husband murders wife on Easter: DA

Tulshi, was found in her home, at 133-15 123rd St., shot multiple times in...

By Jennifer Warren

Police arrested Raven Singh and charged him with the Easter Sunday murder of his 21-year-old common law wife, Debbie Tulshi, a South Ozone Park mother of two, authorities said.

Tulshi, was found in her home, at 133-15 123rd St., shot multiple times in the head and body with a .22 caliber handgun, said Detective Theresa Farello, a police spokeswoman.

A detective involved with the case said Singh turned himself in at the scene. Singh had been “infuriated” over a domestic issue, the detective said, but he declined to specify the nature of the couple’s conflict.

Singh, 24, was arrested at the scene and later charged with murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon, said Carmen Melendez, a police spokeswoman.

Police reported no prior complaints of domestic abuse from the home.

On Monday morning the white-and-orange trimmed two-story home was quiet and dark. Several cars were parked in the garage and a child’s pink bicycle was stationed by the front door.

“I just worry about the children,” said a next-door neighbor who declined to give his name. “I’m shocked. They’re nice people. They have a beautiful little daughter. She used to play outside and say ‘Hi, Uncle, How are you doing?’”

The neighbor, not a relation, said that because of their shared Guyanese heritage it was common for the children to refer to him as an uncle.

The couple had lived with their two young children in the upstairs apartment of their cousins’ home. The neighbor said the family had moved in about two years ago.

He had last seen Tulshi and Singh on Easter morning, when they were on their way to church. The children, he said, must have been with family members or in the apartment because the couple was alone.

Hermenia Delgato, who lives two doors down, said on Sunday night she saw from her window the couple’s extended family gather outside the house to mourn.

Wayne Commissiong, a neighbor who lives across the street and who runs a day-care center out of his home, said the couple did not talk much with their neighbors.

“They never really socialized with anyone on the block. They used to have lots of friends over,” Commissiong said. He would often see Tulshi and her daughter peering out from the upstairs window, watching the children from his day-care center play in the yard.

Reach reporter Jennifer Warren by e-mail at or call 229-0300, Ext. 155.

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