2006-06-23 / Community

Teen Arrested In 'Dice' Slay

By Brian Magoolaghan

A teenager was arrested and charged with murdering another man on the boardwalk in Arverne last Sunday night, police said. Meanwhile, sources tell The Wave that a misstep during a dice game is what triggered the deadly shooting.

Reginald Benston, 19, was arrested by detectives in the 100 Precinct Wednesday and is charged with second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to police. Benston, who lives at 104 Beach 59 Street, allegedly shot Rahjique Burke, 26, one time in the chest on Sunday, June 18.

Sources told The Wave that the two men were among a group of people playing a dice game on Beach 60 Street and the boardwalk, when Burke stepped on the dice - before the outcome was known. Benston allegedly pulled a gun and fired once at Burke, striking him in the chest.

Burke was taken to Peninsula Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Sources said hundreds and even thousands of dollars are wagered locally in the game Cee-lo, an easy-to-learn dice game that can be played anywhere. Stepping on the dice is considered a major no-no.

Benston was awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday afternoon as The Wave went to press, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

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