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New Jersey Murder Suspect Stands to Gain $2M in Sweetheart Deal

Stockbtye/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The man suspected of killing his wife after a family Ramadan celebration in New Jersey was motivated by his friendship with a gay, elderly real estate investor who cut him into a $2 million deal right before his wife's death, according to the investor's stepmother.

Kashif Parvaiz, 26, who allegedly killed his wife, Nazish Noorani, 27, last week, was about to become a wealthy man, Marguerite Ragusa of New York City said. Ragusa, 81, claims that Parvaiz had "cuddled" with her stepson, Martin Ragusa, 74, the wealthy investor, for years, and convinced him to include Parvaiz in his investments.

Property records show that Ragusa gave Parvaiz a 30-percent stake in a Queens, N.Y., apartment building two years ago -- a building, Marguerite Ragusa said, that had been sold for $9 million the day before the shooting. The sale would make Parvaiz a millionaire upon the September closing date.

Records show that Martin Ragusa had sold his interest in the apartment building to Parvaiz for $10, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

"The papers were signed Monday, and Tuesday she was dead," said Marguerite Ragusa, who also owned a share in the building. "This wasn't about love, it was about money. He wanted all the money to himself."

Martin Ragusa could not be reached and prosecutors would not comment.

Martin Ragusa defended his friend last week, saying he couldn't have killed his wife, according to the Star-Ledger. "They were happily married," Ragusa said of the couple. "Everybody fights."

Parvaiz is accused of conspiring with a Boston woman to kill Noorani as the couple walked from a family Ramadan meal at Noorani's sister's house to her father's house a few blocks away Tuesday. Martin Ragusa was a guest at that meal, his stepmother said.

Antoinette Stephen, 26, of Boston, is accused of shooting Parvaiz and Noorani as part of the alleged plot, injuring Parvaiz but killing Noorani.

Marguerite Ragusa said the alleged killing was a way for Parvaiz to ensure his wife wouldn't get any of the $2 million coming his way when the deal closed in September.

Parvaiz had befriended Martin Ragusa years ago when he did housework for the septogenerian and convinced the elderly man to pay tuiton money for him to attend Columbia and Harvard, even though Parvaiz never enrolled at either, according to the New York Post.

Margeruite Ragusa told ABC News that her stepson was in love with Parvaiz and wanted to be part of a family, and would have eventually handed over all his money to Parvaiz out of fear or love.

"Marty loved him. He said Parvaiz slept with him, cuddled with him, and Marty turned over everything to him," Margeurite Ragusa said. "I think he would have murdered Marty to get what he wanted."

The elderly man's stepmother said she had gone to court to block Martin's sale of the building to Parvaiz and to have his nephew take control of his finances because she was concerned about Parvaiz's motivations.

"The judge practically laughed us out of court," she said.

Parvaiz, who ran a construction business, Riyaan Developers, which is listed as operating in his East Boston home and in Brooklyn, where his family lives, had told relatives that he was a graduate student at Harvard University. But a Harvard spokesman said the university has not found a record of his enrollment.

Police did not characterize the relationship between Parvaiz and Stephen, but said there was a relationship.

Parvaiz and Stephen are both charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder, but no court date has been set.

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Nazish Noorani Murder: Husband Arrested in New Jersey Killing

John Foxx/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BILLERICA, Mass.) -- The husband of a young mother who was gunned down in New Jersey while the couple was walking with their young son has been charged with her murder, and authorities have also arrested a Massachusetts woman in the killing.

Kashif Parvaiz, 26, was charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the murder of his wife, Nazish Noorani, 27.

Early Friday, U.S. Marshals in Billerica, Mass., outside Boston, also arrested Antoinette Stephen, 26, who has been charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and weapons charges, Morris County prosecutor Robert Bianchi said at a news conference today.

Stephen is believed to be the shooter. Bianchi did not characterize the relationship between Parvaiz and Stephen, saying: "There is obviously a relationship. I'm not saying it is a physical relationship."

The shooting occurred Tuesday night in Boonton, N.J., as the couple, with their 3-year-old son in a stroller, walked on a quiet suburban street after a meal with Noorani's family to break the Ramadan fast. The child was unhurt.

Bianchi said Parvaiz, who was wounded when his wife was killed, gave an account of the shooting "that there was a white male, three black males ... various conflicting accounts, who had yelled out racial epithets and called them 'terrorists.'"

But he said authorities determined that it was Parvaiz who was responsible.

Bianchi said in a statement that authorities were "particularly concerned" when they initially thought the Boonton murder was a bias crime. But he said they quickly concluded that "this was sadly the alleged handiwork of the victim's husband, who allegedly did the unthinkable and plotted to murder his wife after a religious celebration."

According to the arrest affidavit, Parvaiz told detectives who interviewed him in the hospital soon after the shooting that "there were issues in his marriage," and, "he was angry at his wife ... for speaking negatively about his family." He said those issues had escalated recently.

According to the affidavit, Parvaiz told his co-conspirator, who cops believe is Stephen, about his "turbulent relationship" with his wife, and was told she would "think of something" to help.

Police also interviewed Noorani's family, who said the victim had been physically abused by her husband and that he cheated on her. They also showed police a text message Noorani had sent to her brother, saying, "Someday u will find me dead but its cuz of kashi ... He wants to kill me."

The affidavit also revealed text messages that police said were exchanged between Parvaiz and Stephen. In one message, sent Aug. 12, Stephen told Parvaiz: "You hang in there. Freedom is just around ur corner."

The messages continued until the night of the murder.

Stephen is being held on $5 million bail, and Parvaiz is being held on $1 million bail, Bianchi said.

Noorani's funeral was held this afternoon at the Jam E-Masjid Islamic Center in Boonton. She and her husband had lived in Boston recently, but she attended high school in Boonton, where her family lives.

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