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Man arrested over the death of Nicki Minaj’s father

Robert Maraj was killed in an alleged hit-and-run on Friday


An arrest has been made over the death of Nicki Minaj’s father. 

Robert Maraj, 64, was killed while he was walking along a road in New York’s Long Island on Friday, where he was hit by a car in an alleged hit-and-run accident.

According to police, a 70-year-old man was detained in relation to the death, and is facing charges of leaving the scene of an incident and tampering with physical evidence.

Stephen Fitzpatrick from Nassau County Police said: “[The man arrested] was absolutely aware of what happened.”

“He got out of the car and he looked at the deceased, got into his car, and made the conscious decision to leave instead of dialling 911, instead of calling an ambulance for the man.”

“He went home and secluded the vehicle. He’s well aware of what he did.”

Police said the man got out of his car after hitting Robert, stood over him and asked if he was okay, before walking back to his car and fleeing the scene.

They said he then attempted to conceal his car by parking it in a detached garage at his home.

Nicki, who’s real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, has not yet commented on the death.

Goss.ie have contacted a rep for the rapper for comment.