Boyfriend of woman whose body was found in car trunk in Queens charged with murder


Police at the scene after Destini Smothers’ body was found in the trunk of a car on March 10, 2021 in Queens (Photo: Christina Santucci/Queens Post)

July 7, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A man who allegedly killed his girlfriend in November 2020 and dumped her body in the trunk of a car in Queens has been indicted by a grand jury for murder, kidnapping and other crimes.

Kareem Flake, 30, who had been on the run for over a year before being apprehended in Florida in April, has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend Destini Smothers of Troy, NY. He was extradited to New York on Wednesday.

He is accused of killing Smothers – a 26-year-old woman and mother of his two children – who was reported missing in November 2020. The victim’s remains were discovered four months later in the trunk of an abandoned vehicle that belonged to Flake in the south. Jamaica, Queens.

Kareem Flake (NYPD)

“This defendant is now in custody and charged with the brutal murder of his girlfriend, who was also the mother of his two young children,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “This is the worst possible outcome for anyone victim of domestic violence, and we express our condolences to the victim’s family.”

Flake, also of Troy, was arraigned Wednesday before Queens Supreme Court Justice Donna Golia on a seven-count indictment.

He is charged with second degree murder, first degree kidnapping, second degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence. Flake faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Smothers’ body was discovered by a tow truck driver on March 10, 2021, who had been called to recover an abandoned vehicle.

Police at the scene after Smothers’ body was found in the trunk of a car (Photo: Christina Santucci)

The driver began towing the vehicle and discovered the gruesome sight shortly after stopping his truck in front of 150-08 Lefferts Blvd. when the Camry’s tires stopped moving. He looked for a spare tire in the trunk of the Camry and found her body.

Smothers had been missing since Nov. 3, 2020, and was last seen outside the Bowlero bowling alley, located at 69-10 34th Ave in Woodside. She had celebrated her birthday with Flake and her friends.

Smothers’ friends were actively looking for her after the party and had set up a Facebook page to find her.

Page said she disappeared shortly after having a heated argument with Flake outside the bowling alley.

The case was ruled a homicide when the medical examiner determined that Smothers had been killed by a blunt-force wound to the head.

Destini Smothers (left) and police at the scene March 10, 2021 (NYPD and Citizen)

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