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Here are the top 10 stories of the week from around Queens.

As much as we love to keep our readers happy, several news stories this week were extremely on the sad side.

A landmark movie house RKO Keith’s in Flushing, purchased for $66 million, will be converted into a an upscale condo complex. Devastating stories across Queens included a Flushing man who was beaten to death after a road rage accident, and the currently most watched story in New York: A murder of Karina Vetrano, young woman was also brutally raped and strangled to death, as she jogged in a park in Howard Beach.

Check out these top 10 stories of this week:

  1. The historic RKO Keith’s Theater that has stood in Flushing since 1928 was sold for $66 million to Xinyuan Real Estate. The landmark will be transformed into multimillion-dollar condos in the near future.
  2. An elderly Flushing man who was viciously assaulted and hospitalized last month has died of his injuries. The victim was beaten by a motorist after the two collided in a minor car accident.
  3. A Howard Beach woman was raped and strangled mercilessly, as she jogged in a nearby park in broad daylight. The victim’s body was identified by her distraught father on Tuesday and police, now joined by FBI, are still searching for her killer.
  4. A former substitute teacher who lived in Bayside was found guilty after attempting to perform oral sex on a minor for $500 cash. He was slapped with a slew of charges including second-degree attempted criminal sexual act and may serve up to four years in jail if convicted.
  5. This three-alarm blaze swept through the Strawberry Farms grocery store in Whitestone, along with a laundromat and dry cleaners next door. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
  6. A Maspeth burglary suspect took a bullet to his groin and a woman was discovered with head injuries.
  7. Western Queens neighborhoods such as Long Island City, Maspeth, Sunnyside and Woodside were be sprayed from a truck to minimize the threat of Zika virus through mosquitoes.
  8. A Fresh Meadows woman was found dead in a Pomonok apartment on Monday night. Her death is being ruled as a homicide.
  9. A new homeless shelter may be moving to Maspeth. According to authorities, the home will only take 220 individuals who are over 18 years old.
  10. John Gotti Jr., grandson of the infamous crime boss John Gotti, was arrested for drug dealing after police raided his Howard Beach home on Thursday morning. Police recovered over $240,000 in cash, more than 850 Oxycodone and Xanax pills, drug ledgers and other records.

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