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Queens man killed by mystery package bomb was great dancer, cook

For as long as Miriam Wray can remember, her older brother George remained a constant and comforting presence in her life.

“I’d call him every morning to see how he was,” reflected Wray, 65, on the day after her brother’s crushing death. “I’d go over there and we’d have coffee and just talk … This loss, it’s a big one.

“I don’t know how I’m going to live without him.”

Her 73-year-old sibling died Tuesday, the innocent victim of a mysterious package bomb left at a two-family Queens home he owned. Police sources indicated the intended target was a Bloods gangbanger.

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“He was more than a brother,” Miriam Wray said in a Wednesday interview with the Daily News. “He was my friend — I can’t even explain. He was like a mother, a father, an uncle. He was everything to me.”

George Wray suffered burns over 80% of his body on Friday when the blast sent him flying in flames across the front porch. He leaves behind a wife and a son.

George Wray, a Jamaican immigrant, was killed by a package bomb left at his two-family Queens home.

George Wray, a Jamaican immigrant, was killed by a package bomb left at his two-family Queens home.

(Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News)

Miriam Wray remembers her brother George combing her hair, sending money to help their divorced mother — and as they grew older, putting on his best clothes to go out dancing.

“He wasn’t very good at it, but it didn’t matter,” she said, laughing at the memory. “He liked to have fun.”

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Miriam recalled how her brother stepped up after their father split with their mother, leaving her alone to raise seven kids.

“She had so many of us that he would be the one to wash me, comb my hair, iron my clothes,” she said. “When he went to Bermuda to work, he still supported us.

“He would do anything for us, anything for anybody.”

The cylindrical package was loaded with black powder and intended for the Bloods member who rented an apartment in Wray’s building, sources said.

The cylindrical package was loaded with black powder and intended for the Bloods member who rented an apartment in Wray’s building, sources said.

(Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News)

Police released a sketch Wednesday night of a man they say was spotted around the Springfield Gardens crime scene over the last few weeks.

The cylindrical package was loaded with black powder and intended for the Bloods member who rented an apartment in George Wray’s building, sources said.

Funeral arrangements are pending, but George’s sister said he would likely be buried in Queens with his mom, three brothers and one of his sisters.

George, a Jamaican immigrant, was a great cook who specialized in island treats like skewered, salted fish. He was also an avid gardener, sharing his homegrown tomatoes and collard greens with Miriam. 

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