- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A 77-year-old man stabbed his son-in-law to death at a child’s birthday party in Lincoln, police said.

Bayapa Lingala, 77, is in jail on suspicion of second-degree murder and the use of a weapon to commit a felony, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (https://bit.ly/1otL8Cn ). Lancaster County Judge Timothy Phillips ordered him jailed without bond until Friday. Lancaster County Court records don’t list an attorney for Lingala.

Lincoln police said they arrived at 46-year-old Sujay Nooka’s home Tuesday night and found him with a 1.5-inch stab wound to his upper chest. He was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The family was celebrating Nooka’s daughter’s 12th birthday.

Officer Russell Schoenbeck said police found Lingala in the home’s basement with an 8-inch knife covered in blood.

Police said Nooka’s wife, Uma, told officers her father stabbed her husband. They said another relative said he saw Lingala stab Nooka, then tried to push Lingala away before helping Nooka upstairs.

Vijay Nooka said he was at his brother’s home for the birthday party before the stabbing. He said nine kids and seven adults, including Lingala, were at the party, and that he didn’t notice a disagreement between his brother and Lingala.

“He’s half of my heart. I lost half of my heart now,” he said. “Every time, everywhere, I can see him. I can feel him.”

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com


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