NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Police have made an arrest in the death of a beloved grandmother in the Bronx.
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Friends say 70-year-old Ethel Klein would often have her neighbor Tyrone Ragland over to do handiwork in her apartment at the Murphy Houses in Crotona Park.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says a dispute between the two led to her death.
“He alleges that she owed him $80,” said Kelly.
Ragland, 50, told police that he was high on crack when he stabbed Klein to death on January 5, officials said.
Klein was well-known in the building for her work with the tenant crime watch program.
Ragland had served 15 years in prison for a fatal stabbing in 1983.
Relatives said that regardless of whether Klein knew of his criminal past she only saw the good in people.