Police arrest suspect in 2010 murder of 64-year-old man in Ferndale Dollar Club Plus store

FERNDALE, Mich. – A warrant request for murder is expected to be submitted to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office Friday morning for the 2010 murder of a 64-year-old man in Ferndale.

Karim Khamarko, of Southfield, was found bleeding and having trouble breathing by a witness who called 911 on Nov. 26, 2010 at 9 p.m. Police responded to the Dollar Club Plus at 2750 Hilton Road in Ferndale just minutes after the call. Police discovered Khamarko had been shot several times. He was transported to a hospital, where he died.

Since 2010, the case has remained open and detectives have re-examined the case in hopes of finding new information that would bring the killer to justice, according to police. Despite a $20,000 reward, nobody was caught for the murder.

“For a long time I kind of lost hope that they would ever find the person responsible,” the victim’s daughter Candace Samona said.

Police said evidence was discovered earlier this year that led to the identification and arrest of a suspect. The suspect is described as a 48-year-old Romulus man and police said he is in custody.

“I was in disbelief. It’s kind of an indescribable feeling. I had a mix of emotions. I was both happy and sad, all at the same time,” Samona said. "All these years of me waiting and praying. My whole family. We just wanted this for my dad, because that’s what he deserved. He didn’t deserve for his life to end the way it did and he deserves to have that justice.

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