Four men are in custody and charged in connection to an alleged murder-for-hire plot that resulted in a man getting gunned down in a New York City karaoke bar, prosecutors said.
A two-count indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn on May 10 charging Qing Ming Yu, 54, and Antony Abreu, You You, and Zhe Zhang, all 34, with the 2019 homicide.
According to federal prosecutors in New York, the victim, Xin Gu, 31, worked for Qing Ming Yu’s Manhattan-based property development company for three years, starting in 2015.
In 2018, court documents state Xin Gu became concerned about the company’s financial viability, so he resigned from the company and started his own property development business.
“After Xin Gu’s departure, several clients and employees also cut ties with Qing Ming Yu’s company, which then closed at the end of 2018,” prosecutors said. “Enraged at Xin Gu’s perceived disloyalty, Qing Ming Yu allegedly hired his nephew You You to kill Xin Gu in exchange for payment.”
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In turn, prosecutors said, the nephew, You You, allegedly hired Zhe Zhang and Antony Abreu to help with Xin Gu’s murder.
On the evening of Feb. 11, 2019, the defendants learned Xin Gu’s new company was hosting a Lunar New Year celebration at a Queens karaoke bar.
You You allegedly acted as a lookout while Antony Abreu allegedly shot Xin Gu multiple times, killing him, and Zhe Zhang served as a getaway driver, prosecutors claimed.
If convicted, each defendant faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison, or the death penalty.
“As alleged, the defendants callously used gun violence to resolve a business dispute, reducing the value of a man’s life to a dollar figure, and bringing trauma and mourning to the community,” United States Attorney Breon Peace said. “Prosecuting killers will always be a top priority for this office — whether the defendant pulls the trigger, or pays someone else to do his dirty work for him.”
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