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Nursing home resident kills senior citizen with wheelchair foot rest over plastic curtain

By Mason White 10:54 AM November 1, 2013
Ocean Promenade Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 

By: Debbi Gross
A wheelchair turned into a murder weapon when a senior citizen used it to kill his roommate during a fight.

Yarnavick Thomas, 66, was arrested after he allegedly beat his roommate with a wheelchair foot rest to death.

The two men were residents at the Ocean Promenade Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rockaways, New York.

Thomas and his roommate Kailall Singh, 71, fought over a plastic curtain that separated the sleeping quarters in their shared room.

One day, during a heated argument, Thomas grabbed the foot rest of a wheelchair and beat Singh on the head.

Singh was taken to St. John’s Hospital, where he died of blunt force trauma.

The two men had been fighting over their space for several months.

Thomas was arrested and has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.