Lisa Marie Velasquez, a young woman who had survived the tragedy of her own mother’s murder, was named as the woman whose body parts were found scattered throughout Bronx parks. Velasquez was 25-years-old and had been reported missing by her family on August 21, 2018. She was identified by authorities.
Horrifically, the body parts were discovered in different bags at different times in different parks. Lisa Marie Velasquez was from the Bronx. The New York Post says she was from Melrose, and the case was declared a homicide.
Daquan Wheeler, 31, now stands accused of second-degree murder, manslaughter, and concealment of a human corpse, and Ciara Martinez, 30, is accused of hindering prosecution and other charges, according to the NYPD.
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Velasquez Was Reported Missing By Her Family & Her Mother Was Also Murdered
Erica Lopez posted tributes to Velasquez on Facebook. She had been reported missing in August. “When you lose someone close to you it’s such a painful feeling ..” she wrote, and, “WE LoVE you cuzo SMH…”
“Rip to my cuzo we love you … Her body parts was found SMH hell this is all over over the news her body parts was found in two places my family is heart broken,” Lopez also wrote.
Velasquez, who was called “Izzy,” had led a tragic life in some ways; her mother was murdered, and she was raised by her grandmother, according to The New York Times. The Times reported that Velasquez’s mother, Marilyn Ginel, was strangled and stabbed together while pregnant in 2006 “by a romantic partner,” a slaying witnessed by Velasquez when she was only 12.
She was last seen by her family on August 21, when she said she had to help a friend in danger, according to The Times, but they never learned what she meant. On Facebook, she wrote that she had worked at InterCruises Shore & Port Services, had lived in Miami, and was from New York.
The Grisly Discovery Involved Severed Body Parts in Bags
Lisa Marie Velasquez met a horrific end. Altogether, according to PIX11, there were four sets of remains discovered, all belonging to the Bronx woman. According to ABC 7, in one instance, a child “discovered a bag with a foot sticking out of it that washed ashore inside Barretto Point Park, at Barretto Street and Viele Avenue, in the Hunts Point section.”
In addition to a leg, the bag contained an arm that had been severed at the shoulder, the television station reported.
Horribly, the victim’s other arm and leg were located in a different bag. Previous discoveries of bags with human remains were reported in Crotona Park, and the victim’s head was also located, leading authorities to previously release an artist’s sketch of her, according to the television station.
Authorities now say Velasquez was beaten to death before being dismembered. People with information are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), go to http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or text 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.
This article is being updated as more information is learned about the victim, Lisa Marie Velasquez.