What You Should Know
The woman whose body parts were found in parks in recent days was identified as 25-year-old Lisa Velasquez
. The police say they have 31-year-old Daquan Wheeler and 30-year-old Ciara Martinez in the case; a motive is not clear
It is the second tragedy for the family; In 2006, Velasquez's mother was murdered before her and her siblings
The woman, whose body parts were found scattered in two Bronx parks in recent days, hurried out of her home last week and told family members that she needed to help a friend In danger, according to the relatives, who also revealed their tragic past, when the police announced the arrest of two suspects, one of whom is the friend they wanted to help.
Lisa Marie Velasquez, 25, ran from her Melrose apartment on August 21
"The last thing my mother remembers is that she comes and packs her bag and is in a hurry to help a friend who is in danger, and she runs out of the house," she said Aunt. Jacqueline Pérez.
The police had published a sketch of the woman after two bags of her body parts were found in Crotona Park on Thursday. On Tuesday, police found two more pieces of human remains believed to have been linked to Velasquez, this time at Barretto Point Park, Hunts Point, about three miles from Crotona Park.
Authorities Wednesday identified the body parts as those of Velasquez. The coroner found that she died in a murder of head injuries that caused skull fractures. Law enforcement sources said the headlamps came from a hammer.
Two feet and two hands were found in separate pockets in one park, while in the other place unspecified remains were found.
"How she was tortured, for God's sake, she did not deserve," said the desperate Perez. "Who in their best minds would do that?"
"She's my niece … she did not deserve it."
Police said late Wednesday they had arrested two people in the case: 31-year-old Daquan Wheeler from the Bronx was murdered, manslaughtered, hiding a human corpse, manipulating physical evidence and criminal possession of one
A second suspect, 30-year-old Ciara Martinez, was charged with murder, manslaughter, covering up a human corpse, manipulating physical evidence, and criminal possession of a weapon. She heard "She was my friend, I loved her," when she was escorted from a NYPD station building in the Bronx.
Information about her lawyers were not immediately available.
Wheeler and Martinez were a friend and a girlfriend and Martinez was a friend of Velasquez, according to police, adding that she is the one who helped Velasquez walk the night she was last seen ,
This is the second gruesome tragedy for the victim's family in just over a decade: in 2006, Velasquez's mother was assassinated before her and her siblings. The police said the pregnant mother was beaten, stabbed, and strangled when, again, she had a friend who had been arrested in the murder.
"In this life, I never thought we would go through that again," Perez said.
"This is the second episode … the kind of animal that could do that to a person," she said.