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Arrest made in 2010 Ferndale homicide case

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published October 31, 2019

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FERNDALE — The Ferndale Police Department has made an arrest in a homicide case that dates back to 2010.

A 48-year-old Romulus man has been arrested by Ferndale police in connection with the killing. According to a press release, the case still is an open and active investigation and no further information will be released pending a warrant request for murder that was made to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.

At approximately 9 p.m. Nov. 26, 2010, authorities were called to the Dollar Club Plus, 2750 Hilton Road, in Ferndale. A witness reportedly told police that the owner of the store, 64-year-old Karim Khamarko, of Southfield, was on the floor having trouble breathing and lying in his own blood.

Officers said that they arrived at the Dollar Club Plus to find Khamarko had been shot several times and was gravely injured. Ferndale Fire and Rescue transported Khamarko to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where he later died of his injuries, according to police.

The release states that detectives followed up on “many tips and leads throughout the initial phase of the investigation, but unfortunately none of them (led) to the identification or arrest of a suspect.”

“Since 2010, this case has remained open and detectives have periodically re-examined the case file in hopes of discovering new information that would bring the killer of Karim Khamarko to justice,” the release states. 

Police said that it was earlier this year that evidence was discovered that led to the identification and arrest of the 48-year-old Romulus man on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Ferndale police said that if the warrant is secured Nov. 1, the suspect likely will be arraigned that day.