Family, friends hold funeral Queens woman found dead on beach - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Family, friends hold funeral Queens woman found dead on beach

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Family and friends said goodbye Saturday to a young woman believed to be the victim of murder. Her body was discovered last week – two months after she disappeared. 

Two months ago Marisha Cheong vanished under suspicious circumstances from her Queens home.

Last week, her decomposed body was found on a beach in Breezy Point. Saturday morning, as her friends and family attended her funeral in Ozone Park -- police are still investigating and searching for her killer. 

"A traditional Islamic prayer and tearful goodbye for a young woman whose life was taken," said Alah Akbar.  

"It's not fair. She was so young. Why would anyone do that too her?" said Sarah Profeta, a family friend. 

Her loved ones say 24-year-old Marisha Cheong aspired to be a party planner. 

"We all know she's the last person to do deserve something like this." 

Last week, the Long Island University student's body washed ashore in Queens -- her hands were tied and she was only wearing pajamas.           

She'd been missing since December. 

"For two months we were wondering. Don't ever come back. I believe we're going to get justice for her," said Profeta. 

A family searching for justice -- so far no one has been arrested. 

She had been living with her boyfriend, LJ Balkeran. He spoke with Fox 5 News. 

"It's been a nightmare … it's been a nightmare," said Balkeran. 

Though police have questioned him about the case and he was released. Balkeran was not invited to the funeral at the family's request. Marisha's mother, Bibi Ali, believes something just isn't right.  

"I think her boyfriend had something to do with it because they found her with her pajamas on – only he got to know what happened to her," said Ali.  

"You take my daughter away from me – she didn't deserve it, she didn't deserve it." 

Profeta says she had just seen Marisha seven days before she vanished. 

"We've been friends since I was 12. Now I'm 24 and I didn't think that was the last time I would ever see her," said Profeta. 

Marisha Cheong was 24-years-old. Police are offering a $12,000 reward to anyone who can help solve this case.

  • Queens NewsQueens NewsMore>>

  • Is your home's energy meter spying on you?

    Is your home's energy meter spying on you?

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:38:32 GMT
    Utility companies across the U.S. are installing smart meters in customers’ homes, touting the technology’s energy-saving ways, but opponents argue that the meters are opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.
    Utility companies across the U.S. are installing smart meters in customers’ homes, touting the technology’s energy-saving ways, but opponents argue that the meters are opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.
  • New SAT: What will those questions look like?

    New SAT: What will those questions look like?

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:05:28 GMT
    Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students.
    Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students.
  • NYC exploring ways to curb taxi speeds

    NYC exploring ways to curb taxi speeds

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:14:53 GMT
    New York City is exploring ways to curb the speed of taxis. The Taxi and Limousine Commission this week issued a request for information on "anti speeding vehicle technologies."  The measures include devices that can intervene when drivers exceed posted speeds and "advisory systems" that can sound alarms when reckless driving is detected.
    New York City is exploring ways to curb the speed of taxis. The Taxi and Limousine Commission this week issued a request for information on "anti speeding vehicle technologies."  The measures include devices that can intervene when drivers exceed posted speeds and "advisory systems" that can sound alarms when reckless driving is detected.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices