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May 20, 2019

Bay Ridge killer busted — he’s charged with stabbing in drug-related beef

September 27, 2018
Grei Frasheri (pictured) was killed on September 7th in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Eric Cruz, who knew police were looking for him, surrendered with his lawyer at the 68th precinct stationhouse on Monday. (Handout)

A Brooklyn man cops say stabbed a 23-year-old man to death during a marijuana-related argument surrendered to police Monday, authorities said.

Eric Cruz, 46, who knew police were looking for him, surrendered with his lawyer at the 68th precinct stationhouse, officials said.

He was charged with murder and weapons possession for allegedly stabbing Grei Frasheri to death on 93rd St. in Bay Ridge on Sept. 7.

He was awaiting arraignment Monday night.

Cruz, who lives in Bay Ridge, stabbed Frasheri in the neck at about 5:40 p.m. after an accomplice fired several shots at the victim, missing him each time, police said.

A Secret Service agent who lives nearby rushed to Frasheri’s side to try to save him, but the victim, who also lived in the neighborhood, died at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn.

“He was a ray of sunshine,” a cousin said at the victim’s wake. “If you put him in any situation, he’ll smile and make others smile, too.”

Fresheri came with his family to the U.S. from Albania when he was 3. He grew up in Bay Ridge home and attended nearby Fort Hamilton High School. He worked at Audio Video Crafts installing cameras.

“He tried to help us. He was always here. He helped me shop, he helped with everything. He was a good boy,” said a soft-spoken woman, dressed all in black, who identified herself as Fresheri’s mother at the victim’s home Monday.

“It is very difficult,” the woman said.

Police at first thought men who raced from the scene in three livery cars were involved in the incident, but that turned out to not be the case.

Cops also though Fresheri was shot dead but an autopsy proved otherwise.

The alleged gunman, Anthony Valenti, 35, of Bensonhurst, was charged Sept. 17 with attempted murder.

Investigators believe the fatal confrontation involved marijuana, two police sources said. One said it appears Frasheri had started working for a dealer who was a rival of the man for whom he used to work.

Cruz’s last arrest was in 2008, when he was twice busted for drug possession, sources said. He was hit with the same charge in 2006 and has a petty larceny arrest in 1998, sources said, plus charges for felony assault in 1992 and criminal mischief in 1986.

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