Philadelphia Woman Dies After Fight With Neighbor Over Grill in Parking Space

A Philadelphia woman who decided to grill on the street, taking up a parking spot in the process, is now dead after a dispute over the small patch of road escalated to tragic proportions.

At around 8.30 p.m. on Friday evening, Philadelphia police responded to an incident on North Jessup Street involving a fight that broke out between two women over a parking spot, reported CBS Philly 3.

Authorities said one of the women returned home to find that her neighbor, 57-year-old Lourdes Estremera, had set up a grill in the street in what she considered her parking spot. The woman began arguing with Estremera because she wanted to park her car in the spot. The war of words which eventually devolved into a physical altercation.

When police arrived on the scene, they reportedly broke up the fight and proceeded to interview the women involved. Estremera "became unresponsive" during her interview, police say, and when medical responders arrived at roughly 10 p.m., she was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. It is unclear whether the woman died from injuries sustained from the fight or if the other woman, who has yet to be identified, will be charged over the incident.

In an emailed statement to Newsweek, the Philadelphia Police Department confirmed that police responded to an assault call on the 2500 block of North Jessup St.

"A 57-year-old female victim had a physical altercation with another female over a parking spot," reads the statement. "The victim became unresponsive while talking to Police at which time Medics were requested, and the victim was pronounced on the scene by Medics at 10:00 p.m. The investigation is active and ongoing with Homicide Division."

Christian Rosa, Estremera's son, told NBC Philadelphia that the incident is "the hardest thing I've had to deal with in my life."

"My mom was a great person, and she'd take the shirt off her back for a stranger if she knew you were cold," he said, adding that she was a wife, a mother to three sons and grandmother to several grandchildren.

"My mom, she didn't deserve it. We wanted to enjoy a lot more life with her… It's just crazy that we're still dealing with things like this, nowadays, good people getting caught up in violence."

Philadelphia has one of the highest crime rates — 40 per one thousand residents — in the U.S., according to data on NeighborhoodScout. More than 96 percent of communities in Pennsylvania have a lower crime rate than Philadelphia, whose roughly 1.58 million residents have a one in 25 chance of being a victim of a violent or property crime. Philadelphia was listed in 88th place on the database's list of top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

This article has been updated to include an on-record statement from law enforcement.

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