Ex-con boyfriend charged in homicide of NYC mother discovered dead in mattress: cops

Ex-con boyfriend charged in homicide of NYC mother discovered dead in mattress: cops

The ex-con, live-in boyfriend of a Bronx mother found slain in her bed has been charged together with her homicide, officers mentioned — as investigators revealed she was strangled with a wire or wire.

Jeremy Cortorreal, 33, was arrested Thursday and charged with homicide, manslaughter and assault in connection to the demise of mother of eight Lissette Gomez, 38 — who was discovered dead in her mattress inside her residence on Cauldwell Avenue close to Westchester Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, police mentioned. 

Police discovered critical wounds on Gomez’s face and neck, and the medical expert’s workplace decided she died of asphyxiation with a doable wire or wire, authorities mentioned. 

Her demise was dominated a murder. 

An extension wire was recovered from the scene, but it surely’s unclear whether or not that was the instrument used to choke her or if one other merchandise was used, cops mentioned. 

Lissette Gomez, 38, was discovered dead in her mattress with face and neck accidents Wednesday afternoon, cops mentioned.
Facebook / Lissette Gomez

A Facebook photo of Lissette Gomez with her two young kids.

Gomez’s life took a downward spiral after Cortorreal moved in together with her and her two younger children simply months in the past, neighbors mentioned.
Facebook / Lissette Gomez

Gomez’s sister, Carmen Torres, 44, who additionally lives within the Bronx, informed The Post Thursday she is “feeling destroyed” over her sister’s demise. 

“[The boyfriend is] horrible, I informed my sister about him, and she or he nonetheless didn’t hear,” Torres mentioned outdoors the constructing. “Love is blind.”

“Right now my coronary heart is simply heavy, however I’m attempting to be sturdy as a result of I’m the one one out right here for her. My mother and father are in Florida as a result of they don’t have the funds to journey.”

Torres described her sister as “lovely” and “form.”

Photos of Lissette Gomez seen at a memorial at the scene.
The metropolis medical expert’s workplace decided Gomez died of asphyxiation with a doable wire or wire.
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“She had a giant coronary heart,” the grieving lady mentioned. “She would offer you something she had. She was a beautiful particular person.”

The final time the 2 sisters noticed one another final week, Gomez “had bruises on her face, on her legs, on her arms, in every single place,” Torres added.

Neighbors say Gomez, who had eight children, lived together with her two youngest till they have been faraway from the house earlier this yr due to home violence issues. 

Flowers seen at a memorial for Lissette Gomez outside her  Cauldwell Avenue apartment.
Neighbors informed The Post they “knew she was at risk with the boyfriend she had.”
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One neighbor who declined to offer her identify mentioned Gomez began seeing her boyfriend in late September or early October, and the kids have been eliminated in January.

“She met him, and the subsequent week he was dwelling there,” the neighbor mentioned. “I informed her, ‘What the f–ok did you do?’ He be a mad downside. Domestic violence. These women must get away after the primary time.” 

Neighbor Nini Rodriguez, 59 — who knew Gomez for about 10 years — mentioned the slain lady had been turning her life round after years of battling drug dependancy however had just lately fallen right into a relationship with a “very abusive” man. 

“Everybody used to see him beating her up,” Rodriguez mentioned. “She was at all times with [a] marked-up face, black and blue, and she or he would inform those who he was abusive.”

A set of double-doors at 647 Cauldwell Avenue in the Bronx, with flowers outside in memory of Lissette Gomez.
An extension wire was recovered from the scene, authorities mentioned.
Dennis A. Clark

“She was concerned with the improper particular person,” she added. “Before that particular person got here into her life, she was an excellent particular person. She was at all times joyful, candy with everyone, kind-hearted, at all times needed to assist out.”

“We knew she was at risk with the boyfriend she had, and we saved telling her that she needed to do away with the boyfriend, however she wouldn’t do away with the boyfriend, so look what occurred.”

The NYPD confirmed that police responded to 1 prior home incident between the couple, earlier this yr. 

Cortorreal has eight prior arrests, together with busts for housebreaking, legal possession of stolen property and drug possession, authorities mentioned. 

He was launched on parole in 2020 in connection to housebreaking and bail-jumping convictions, state correction data present. 

His parole expired in 2021, however he’s on post-release supervision till 2024, in keeping with the data. 



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