Savannah Rivera, 20, also had several puncture wounds and cuts to the head, arms and body. She was declared dead at the scene.
The police arrested 34-year-old Jerry Brown in connection with the murder, a NYPD press release said. Brown was charged with leading a second-degree murder, a second-degree murder, and two cases of criminal possession of a weapon, the NYPD said.
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The authorities brought an ax from a waste disposers of the public housing complex in the district of Bushwick, and said it was part of the investigation. The NYPD Brooklyn North Deputy Chief, Michael Kemper, said the murder weapon was a sharp object. However, it is unclear whether the ax was used in the crime, and Kemper said he could not speak to the role he played.
Kemper called the attack "brutal" and "vicious" during a press conference on Saturday, saying it was no coincidence.
"Good possibility", this is domestic violence.
Although the motive is unclear, Kemper said the department was confident that she was not looking for any other people in connection with the incident.
It is believed that the two women and Brown knew each other, said Kemper, refusing to talk about the nature of their relationship to each other. The two women were either friends or relatives, police said. The 21-year-old mother and her little daughter lived in the apartment, and Rivera stayed with them, a police spokesman said. It is not yet clear why or how long she stayed there.
Kemper said there was a "good chance" that the case would be classified as domestic violence.