PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A murder victim and the man suspected of killing him didn’t know each other prior to the night it happened, Providence police said Tuesday.
Police have identified the victim as Moshin Muhammad, 40.
Earlier on Tuesday, 21-year-old Troy Ingram was arraigned on a murder charge and held without bail pending a bail hearing next month.
Speaking to reporters outside court, his mother LaShaun Ingram said her son is a good kid and she doesn’t believe he could’ve killed someone.
“I want everyone to know that my son is innocent and I want answers,” she said. “A parent knows their child. I didn’t see any signs. I mean…as far as him murdering someone? No, no, not in his character, not at all.”
Ingram also said her son was in between residences and had stayed with a neighbor Saturday night after the two of them got into an argument.
According to Major David Lapatin, police believe Ingram broke into Muhammad’s Jewett Street apartment with the intention of staying there.
The two men had a “conversation” that led to the killing, Lapatin said. He declined to comment on the nature of the murder, saying only that it was a “gruesome scene.”
Muhammad worked at the 7-Eleven on Smith Hill. Police said his coworkers were concerned after he didn’t show up to work Saturday night. Officers went to check on Muhammad at his apartment and found him dead around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Police were on scene for several hours and seen carrying bags of evidence out of the home. Detectives have not identified the murder weapon but said Muhammad was not shot nor stabbed.
Court documents show Ingram was arrested earlier this month for allegedly shoplifting $105 worth of merchandise from Walmart and released on his own recognizance on July 9.
R.I. National Guard Lt. Col. Michael Grzybowski confirmed Tuesday that Ingram has been a Guard member since March 2017. He’s currently part-time, serving in an artillery unit.
“Our thoughts are with the victim and his family,” Grzybowski said, adding that the “allegations [against Ingram] are in stark contrast to our core values.” He also noted that Ingram was not actively participating in the Guard at the time of the alleged murder.