Couple Charged With Murder After Dismembered Remains of Woman Identified

Lisa Marie Velasquez
Lisa Marie Velasquez's remains were discovered in several bags in two parks in the Bronx, New York. Two people, who were known to Velasquez, were arrested in her murder on August 29. NYPD

A couple were arrested Wednesday in New York City after the remains of a woman found in two Bronx parks were identified.

Daquan Wheeler, 31, and Ciara Martinez, 30, were arrested Wednesday in connection to the death of 25-year-old Lisa Marie Velasquez. Wheeler faces charges of murder, manslaughter, concealment of a human corpse, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon, the New York Police Department told Newsweek.

Martinez, who told reporters she was friends with Velasquez, was charged with criminal facilitation, hindering prosecution, concealment of a human corpse, tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy.

Lisa Marie Velasquez
Lisa Marie Velasquez's remains were discovered in several bags in two parks in the Bronx, New York. Two people, who were known to Velasquez, were arrested in her murder on August 29. NYPD

Martinez and Wheeler were fighting in their apartment, according to police, and Velasquez came to help, reported local TV station WABC. Officers responded to a call about a domestic dispute at the apartment but left after filing a report. Wheeler also left, according to police, but later allegedly returned with a hammer and struck the victim twice in the head.

Velasquez died of "multiple blunt-impact" blows to the head, according to the police and the New York City medical examiner. Parts of Velasquez's dismembered remains were found at Crotona Park on Friday and at a pier in Hunts Point on Tuesday.

"She was tortured, for Chrissake. She didn't deserve that," Velasquez's aunt Jacqueline Perez told the New York Post. "She was a good girl. It's heartbreaking to me."

Authorities responded to a 911 call Tuesday shortly after 7:30 p.m. about a bag with a foot sticking out found at Barretto Point Park in Hunts Point. According to officials, one of the bags contained a human leg with the foot attached and a left arm. In a second bag, officers found a right arm and a right leg.

More human remains were discovered Friday in two bags on a sidewalk in Crotona Park. The victim's severed head was recovered, prompting police to release a sketch of her likeness.

Police said the victim was identified on Wednesday as Velasquez.

The victim previously witnessed her pregnant mother's murder, according to the New York Post. Marilyn Ginel was killed in 2006 by her ex-boyfriend Robert Coakley as her three children watched.

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