Woman was killed, dismembered in friend’s apartment: cops

The slain Bronx woman whose body parts were stuffed in trash bags and dumped in two area parks was beaten to death with a hammer and chopped up in the bathroom by her best friend’s boyfriend inside the couple’s apartment, police revealed Thursday.

Lisa Marie Velasquez, 25, was last seen alive on Aug. 22 when she rushed out of her Melrose home to meet 30-year-old Ciara Martinez – at Martinez’ request – because her friend had been having “a tough time” with her boyfriend, Daquan Wheeler, 31, the victim’s aunt told investigators, cops said.

When Velasquez arrived at the couple’s first-floor apartment on Longfellow Avenue in Longwood, she urged Martinez to leave Wheeler and then called 911 out of fear for her friend, law enforcement sources said.

Wheeler was not at the home when police arrived and took a domestic incident report, sources said.

By the time Wheeler returned, the cops were gone and that’s when he allegedly went after Velasquez, whacking her in the head with a hammer and then bringing her to the bathroom where he dismembered her – all while his girlfriend was present inside the apartment, cops said.

Sources say Wheeler was “enraged” that Velasquez called 911 on him because he had been fighting with Martinez.

At some point, Velasquez’s body was removed from the home near Aldus Street.

Velasquez’s lower torso and her head were found dumped in two separate plastic bags about two miles away at Crotona Park on Aug. 24 – and then on Tuesday three bags containing pieces of her corpse were discovered in the water underneath a pier at Barretto Point Park in Hunts Point, police said.

Two arms and two legs were found in the bags, officials said.

The city Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the young woman had been beaten to death and suffered “multiple blunt-impact injuries of [the] head with skull fractures.”

Wheeler and Martinez were charged early Thursday in connection with Velasquez’s murder.

They were both charged with murder, manslaughter, concealment of a human corpse, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon.

“She was my friend. I loved her,” Martinez told reporters while in custody outside the 42nd Precinct station house.

According to sources, Wheeler told investigators that Martinez killed Velasquez, but Martinez told cops that Wheeler did it and she didn’t stop him because she was afraid.

“He said he would kill me too,” Martinez told police, sources said.

Police say that Martinez and Wheeler have a history of domestic violence, but could not immediately provide details.

The two share a young child together, according to sources.

When police searched the couple’s apartment there was a heavy smell of bleach and several paintbrushes, sources said.

When Wheeler was 21, he served less than four years in state prison for attempted murder. He was released on parole in Sept. 2012 and then went back to prison in 2015 for attempted burglary, according to state Department of Corrections records.

For that charge Wheeler served less than two years behind bars and was released in April 2017.

In 2010, Martinez did a 2.5-year prison stint for attempted robbery. She was released on parole in Feb. 2013.

Meanwhile, the victim’s aunt, Jacqueline Perez, called Martinez her niece’s “best friend.”

“No human being deserves to die this way…That’s all I can say. And I’m very hurt. I’m broken,” said Perez who noted that Velasquez was once an auxiliary officer.

Perez’ sister and Velasquez’s mother, Marilyn Ginel, was brutally murdered in front of Velasquez and her two younger siblings 12 years ago in the family’s Bronx apartment.

“This is worse than what we had endured with my sister’s death,” Perez said.

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