The body of a Ingrid Rivera, 24, was found after attending a birthday party for the rapper ‘Lil Kim on Sunday. UPDATE: Syed Rahman confesses to killing Ingrid Rivera!
According to police, the 24-year-old , Syed Rahman admitted to hitting Rivera on the back of the head with a lead pipe around 2:45 AM Monday morning.
Police say Rivera, a huge Lil’ Kim fan, paid to attend the event, and even brought the rap diva a bouquet of flowers.
According to cops, she and a friend chatted up Syed Rahman took Rivera through the employee entrance, up to the roof in a service elevator and that’s when he hit her over the head with a lead pipe inside a utility shed. She was killed instantly.
Syed Rahman worked at the club for four years and has no criminal record.
Earlier, sources said, Syed Rahman broughtanother woman to the roof, where he kept trying to rub up against her.
But that woman got away, called him “crazy” and complained to someone at the bar.
Syed worked at the bar for a couple of years, making sure serving trays were filled with ice, and stocking the bar with glasses and liquor.
He was arrested at his home on St. Nicholas Avenue.
Investigators were also testing to see if his fingerprints match a set of fingerprints on a champagne glass and champagne bottle found on the roof.
The body of Ingrid Rivera was found Wednesday on the roof of the Midtown karaoke club where ‘Lil Kim’s birthday party was held, the police said.
The woman, identified by the police as Ingrid Rivera of Queens, was discovered shortly before 5 p.m. in a utility closet on the roof of Spotlight Live, a live-music venue, nightclub and karaoke bar at 1604 Broadway near 49th Street. An investigator said they believed Ms. Rivera, who worked for British Airways at Kennedy Airport, had left the party and was beaten with a blunt object “” possibly a Champagne bottle “” and left for dead.
The police said that she was last seen on Sunday night and was reported missing on Tuesday.
“She was pretty tipsy,” said a cousin, Lizbeth Estrada, 18, of Richmond Hill Queens, who noted that although she was not at the club she had spoken with friends of the dead girl.
Estrada said that Ingrid Rivera had been asked to leave because she went into the men’s bathroom instead of the ladies room. “The bouncer picked on her,” she said she was told.
After getting thrown out, the cousin said, Ingrid Rivera and a friend started to get in into a taxi to go to Soel Club and Lounge in Long Island City, but then the two got out because her friend, whom she did not identify, “didn’t want to get into a taxi with three girls she did not know.”
“Her friend was immediately admitted and went inside without seeing what happened to Ingrid,” Ms, Estrada said. “The last time Ingrid was seen she was talking to the bouncer.”
The investigator said the party on Sunday night for Lil’ Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, was attended by many musicians, actors and other entertainers.
“Ingrid was so excited she even bought Kim Flowers,” Estrada said.
The actress LisaRaye McCoy-Misick, who is married to the premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands and is a friend of Lil’ Kim’s, attended the party, and said in a telephone interview early Thursday morning: “When I was there, everything was cool. But we didn’t stay very long. Celebrities never do. And everything was fine then.”
The investigator said that the killer was probably familiar with the layout of the building because of where the woman’s body was found. Emergency medical workers pronounced the victim dead at the scene, the police said.
The official cause of death would be determined by the medical examiner’s office, the police said.
Outside the nightclub on Wednesday night, in Times Square, tourists passed slowly and gawked. They pulled close to the police barricades that stretched halfway down the block.
“We saw the police and the cameras and we were asking ourselves, “˜What is up?’ We thought maybe it was a premiere,” said Paolo Prono, 29, an engineer from Rome. “A dead body is not so exciting. It’s horrible. And it’s horrible that lots of people are so curious about it.”
He added, “We were looking for somebody famous.”
Late Wednesday night, Lilly Macmonhele, 21, from Kerry, Ireland, who said she had been at the club the previous night, remarked: “This is really crazy. Everything was perfectly normal. We were singing karaoke. It’s insane.”
A note at the front door of the club read: “Spotlight Live will be closed 8-6-08 due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
Early Thursday morning, investigators came out of the club with a white box with red letters spelling out “evidence.”
On a completely different subject, why in the hell does ‘Lil Kim look asian now?