The family of Mohammad Gebeli has been mourning the loss of their loved one since he was gunned down inside his Bay Ridge clothing store on July 6th.
Now their loss is turning to anger as the investigation into his murder has racked up an unexpected cost, "My father was murdered and I had no control of the store. Crime scene had control," said his son Moe Gebeli inside of Valentino's, the family's clothes shop.
It's simple as to why anyone would have compassion for him, especially considering the fact that Gebeli's father was the first victim of the notorious opera singing triggerman Salvatore Perrone a.k.a John Doe Duffle bag, "I still think about that night, I'm not trying to but it's still in my head," said Gebeli on Friday morning.
As Gebeli ponders as to why the salesman that his father knew for twenty years would kill him in cold blood, he is also inquiring as to why Con Ed would bill his family for $734.66 worth of electricity that they didn't use. According to Gebeli the NYPD labeled the Bayridge haberdashery as a crime scene from July 6th to September 20th. During that period they were the only ones using electricity, not the business, and for that Gebeli says he should not be charged, "If it was my fault, I'm willing to pay anything, you know what I mean." Yet according to the 33-year-old Con Ed told him to pay the bill, even after he tried to explain his father's murder.
When asked if Con Ed offered any condolences? "Uh no-no, they just want me to pay the bill," said Gebeli.
PIX 11 News reached out to Con Ed spokesperson Bob McGee about conundrum surrounding Gebeli and his bill McGee did convey to PIX 11 News that they are "sorry" for the family's loss and after carefully investigating the sensitive case they are not going to charge Gebeli for the period of the investigation.
McGee did add that the family has taken responsibility in the past by creating a payment plan after previous checks did not have the necessary funds.
However, overall the account was current until the time of the passing.
When contacted with the news late this afternoon Gebeli said, "I have no reaction until they (Con Ed) contact me."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times