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The woman whose body parts were found scattered around two Bronx parks in recent days had rushed out of her house last week, telling family members she had to go help a friend in danger, according to relatives, as police announced the arrests of two suspects in the killing.

Lisa Marie Velasquez, 25, ran out of her Melrose apartment on Aug. 21, her last words to her family ominous.

“The last thing my mother remembers is her coming and grabbing her bag, and being in a rush saying that she had to go help a friend who was in danger, and she ran out of the house,” said her aunt, Jacqueline Perez.

The article goes on to state the following:

Police had released a sketch of the woman after two bags of her body parts were initially found at Crotona Park last Thursday. Then on Tuesday, police found two more bags of human remains believed to be linked to Velasquez, this time at Barretto Point Park in Hunts Point, about three miles from Crotona Park.

Authorities Wednesday identified the body parts as those of Velasquez. The medical examiner determined she died of blows to the head, which caused skull fractures, in a homicide. Law enforcement sources said the head blows were from a hammer.

KOKO News 5 further reported:

Police say a 25-year-old homicide victim whose remains were found in two Bronx parks was killed by the boyfriend of a friend she was trying to help.

Police on Thursday say Lisa Marie Velasquez called 911 to report a domestic incident involving her friend, 30-year-old Ciara Martinez, and her friend’s boyfriend, 31-year-old Daquan Wheeler.

“[Velasquez] called [911] reporting what she was claiming to be a kidnapping,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told WPIX. “And the kidnapping turned out to be the father of the child removing the child from the apartment.”

Police say officers responded to the apartment, but Wheeler had left. Later, when Wheeler found out about the 911 call, police say he became enraged and bludgeoned Velasquez to death with a hammer.

The New York Daily News reported on the Velasquez’ tragic past:

Velasquez’s grandmother, Iris Ginel, took custody of Velasquez and her siblings after their mom, Marilyn Ginel, was stabbed, strangled and beaten to death in her apartment. Ginel, 37, was nine months pregnant, and the killer, Robert Coakley, warned the children, “If you tell anybody I killed your mother, I’ll kill you,” police sources said at the time.

Coakley was convicted of murder and is serving 25 years to life in prison. Coakley’s wife, Maria, pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison.

“Lisa witnessed it. After that, my mother took custody of the kids,” Perez said. “She’s sick. She can’t walk. She never recovered from her daughter being murdered.”


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