Murder charge expected in Brooklyn barrel slay — victim shot dead in love triangle dispute, cops suspect

Officers from the 81st Precinct take (Right) Derek Whitaker into custody at 494 Jefferson Avenue in Brooklyn on Monday March 16th, 2020.(Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News) The super of a Brooklyn apartment building is accused of burning a corpse in a barrel, and police suspect the dead man was murdered over a love triangle.

Derek Whitaker, 53, set the corpse ablaze in the basement of the Bedford-Stuyvesant building where his mother still lives, and where residents say he works as the super, police said.

Cops are still waiting for a formal death certificate, but police sources said the victim was shot in the head. His name has not been released. The basement where firefighters found the burning barrel, with a body stuffed inside at 494 Jefferson Ave in Brooklyn NY. (Kerry Burke/New York Daily News) Whitaker is charged with arson, concealing a corpse, hindering prosecution and witness tampering — and he’s likely to be charged with murder, a police source said.

Firefighters encountered Whitaker Monday afternoon as they responded to a 911 report of someone burning a corpse in the basement of the building on Jefferson Ave. near Marcus Garvey Blvd., cops said.

Whitaker let the firefighters through a bolted door. Firefighters found the burning barrel, with the body stuffed inside. Officers from the 81st Precinct investigate after a woman called 911 and stated that a man was burning a body inside a barrel at 494 Jefferson Avenue in Brooklyn on Monday March 16th, 2020.(Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News) “He’s a […]

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