Two people have been charged in the deadly hammer attack on a woman whose remains were found in multiple garbage bags in two parks in the Bronx.
Daquan Wheeler, 31, was charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, concealment of a human corpse, alteration of physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon.
His girlfriend, Ciara Martinez, 31, was charged with criminal facilitation, obstructing the persecution, concealing a human corpse, tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy.
The two were escorted from Precedida 42 on Wednesday night in connection with the murder of Lisa Marie Velásquez.
"She was my friend," Martinez told reporters about Velásquez as they pulled her handcuffed from the police station. & # 39; I love her. & # 39;
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Daquan Wheeler (left) and Ciara Martinez (right), both 31, were arrested Wednesday in connection with the murder of Lisa Marie Velasquez (suspects photographed in old photos)
Gray evidence: Investigators in protective suits are seen examining black garbage bags containing some of the remains of the homicide victim Lisa Marie Velasquez, 24
Three garbage bags with body parts were recovered from Barretto Point Park in Hunts Point, Bronx, on Tuesday
While Martinez was taken in handcuffs, she called Velázquez her "friend" and said that she "loved" her.
Wheeler, 31, was charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, concealment of a human corpse and other charges
It is said that Velásquez died of a blow to the head and suffered multiple injuries due to forceful impact
Police identified Velasquez, 24, as the victim of the macabre murder on Tuesday after officers found three bags of black trash containing body parts at Barretto Point Park in Hunts Point that night. Two more bags of human remains were recovered from the Crotona Park last Friday.
It is said that Velásquez died of hammer blows to the head and suffered multiple injuries due to a blunt impact, reports ABC 7.
I'm trying to find a way to tell your grandmother. It has not been easy for us, "Aunt Jacqueline Pérez explained to the New York Daily News on Wednesday.
The woman's grandmother, Iris Ginel, took Velásquez when she was 12 years old along with her brothers David and Vanessa.
The three witnessed the brutal murder of their mother, Marilyn Ginel, 37, at the hands of her former boyfriend Robert Coakley.
With the help of his then girlfriend, who arrested Marilyn, Coakley stabbed, strangled and beat the woman to death.
Police found two bags of human remains in Crotona Park in the Bronx on August 24
Officers are seen working on the scene of the grisly discovery in the Bronx on Friday
When Velázquez was 12 years old, she and her two brothers witnessed the brutal murder of their mother, Marilyn Ginel, 37, at the hands of former boyfriend Robert Coakley.
It is said that Coakley warned the children that "if you tell someone that I killed your mother, I will kill you." Marilyn was nine months pregnant with her fourth child at the time of her death.
Her ex-boyfriend was convicted of murder and is currently serving 25 years in prison.
The drawing police provided when the head was found on Tuesday
– Lisa witnessed it. After that, my mother took care of the children, "Perez added about Iris Ginel." She's sick. "She can not walk, she never recovered from her daughter being murdered.
Velasquez was last seen leaving her apartment at Melrose Houses on August 21. According to the police, he never returned.
& # 39; She came to my mother's house. She grabbed her purse. She left hurriedly. She said she had to help a friend who was in danger. And then he ran away, "said Perez.
Police sources inform CBS that New York said Velázquez's friend in danger was Martínez.
They said that Martinez and Wheeler had been arguing at their home on Longfellow Avenue. When Velasquez came to the aid of her friend, both women called the police to present a report accusing Wheeler of harassment.
Jacqueline Pérez, Lisa Velasquez's aunt crying near her house on 156 East Street on Wednesday
A uniformed police officer hugs a member of the murdered woman's family outside her home in the Bronx on Wednesday
According to sources, Wheeler left the apartment, then returned and continued to argue with Martinez. At one point, the man supposedly turned on Velázquez and hit her twice on the head with a hammer.
The other aunt, who lives in her building, reported that she disappeared the next day.
"The kind of animal that would do this to another human being … was tortured," Pérez said. & # 39; She did not deserve this. She did not deserve to die this way. Whether she was a good girl or a bad girl, she did not deserve this.
The woman's family had sent a missing person flyer after her disappearance was reported on August 22