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Boyfriend of Marisha Cheong, whose body was found on beach, says he’ll never remove Christmas tree they put up together Bf of dead Queens girl says he’ll save their Christmas tree
facebook email Marisha Cheong’s boyfriend, Latchman Balkaran, said he is “very disappointed” that the mother of his late girlfriend believes he was “100%” involved in her death. (Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)
A Queens man vowed to keep a white Christmas tree standing in his living room as a memorial to his girlfriend even as the victim’s mother says he had something to do with her death.
“I don’t think I’m ever taking that tree down. I don’t believe any of this,” said a somber Latchman Balkaran, 26, Monday in the home he shared with his girlfriend, Marisha Cheong. “I want her to walk in any second.”
Cheong, 24, had intended to finish decorating the plastic pine with purple globes, but she disappeared Dec. 19 following a fight with Balkaran.
Her bound and bruised body washed ashore on the Rockaways Saturday, not far from the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. She was wearing multicolored pajamas and one black Ugg boot.
An autopsy revealed a fracture in the right side of her neck as well as bruises to her hips, cops said. The medical examiner couldn’t immediately determine if the injuries happened before or after she died.
Cheong’s boyfriend, Latchman Balkaran, holds a picture of her (top right) and his sister Tasha (right bottom). He said police have told him they are closing in on a suspect in his girlfriend’s death. (Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)
Police interviewed Balkaran and have not named a suspect. But Cheong’s mother, Bibi Ali, 46, said the domineering Balkaran must be hiding something.
“They found her in her pajamas! He has to know what happened to her,” Ali said. “He 100% had something to do with this. He’s the only one that saw her last.”
The mother of three said Balkaran was overprotective of her daughter. He even knew the passwords on her cellphone, Ali said.
The filmmaker and part time delivery driver was so intense he would wait six hours for Cheong while she attended classes at Long Island University, Ali said.
A $5,000 missing person award was offered for anyone who could help locate Cheong.
“Who does that? A possessive person,” an outraged Ali said. “She would spend her spare time between classes with him. He would bring dinner, and they would eat it in the car. He was always there. He would drive her to see me, and he never let me be alone with my daughter.”
A dejected Balkaran said he was “very disappointed” to hear the accusations Ali leveled against him.
“I don’t understand why they think I would do something like this,” he said. “They know how I am.”
Balkaran said cops told him they were closing in on a suspect.
Cheong, pictured with Balkaran, was found bound and dead on a Breezy Point beach Saturday. (Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)
“I still can’t believe it. I want to find whoever did this,” Balkaran said in front of the tree adorned with purple globes in Jamaica, Queens.
“I thought she was upset. I thought she needed some time she left just like that,” Balkaran said. “We had an argument about the relationship. It wasn’t serious.”
After a series of texts, Balkaran went to go pick her up near the Forest Hills 71st Ave. subway station, but she never showed. Balkaran said after Cheong vanished he received odd text messages from her phone in lovey dovey lingo that just didn’t ring true.