Memphis teen accused in post-concert murder in Japan

Nicola Furlong was murdered after a Nicki Minaj concert in Japan
Nicola Furlong was murdered after a Nicki Minaj concert in Japan

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis teenager is being held in connection with the murder of a woman in Japan after a Nicki Minaj Concert.

On May 24, Nicola Furlong who had just celebrated her 21st birthday, was found strangled at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo..

Furlong and a friend reportedly went to a Nicki Minaj concert earlier that evening where they were approached by two American men.

Tokyo police say 19-year-old Richard Hinds from Memphis and his American friend, 23-year-old James Blackston, took a taxi back to the hotel with the two Irish women.

Hours later Furlong was found dead.

Blackston and Hinds were arrested on the scene and taken into custody on suspicion of molesting Furlongs friend in the taxi en route to the hotel.

Both men are dancers for Japanese R&B artist AI.

Action News 5 spoke with Hinds' father over the phone. He said the murder is completely out of character for the 2011 Central High graduate.

Hinds said he is not at liberty to discuss the case but assured that his son has legal representation in the U.S. as well as Japan.

The family hired Mid-South attorney Samuel Perkins with the Perkins Law Group. He was unavailable for comment.

Memphis pastor and family friend, LaSimba Gray said that the Hinds planned to contact U.S. Representative Steve Cohen for help interceding with the Japanese embassy on their son's behalf.

"Congress Cohen's office has not been contacted by the family. However, had they been contacted by the family we could not release information because that is confidential case work," said U.S. Congressman Cohen's Chief of Staff Marilyn Dillihay.

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