Good Samaritan Dismembered
Victim Tried to Help Couple
By Dan Gesslein
NEW YORK– Lisa Marie Velasquez was brutally murdered, dismembered and her body parts scattered throughout Bronx parks because she tried to help a couple who were arguing.
The senseless murder became even more senseless when investigators said she may have been murdered for trying to help her killers.
Cops say Velasquez went to the Longfellow Avenue apartment of Daquan Wheeler, 31, and Ciara Martinez, 30, to help the couple who were arguing.
An Eyewitness News report is consistent with the story. In it a friend claims to have talked to Velasquez who was in a hurry and said she had to help a friend. That was the last time anyone saw Velasquez.
Cops said officers were called to the Bronx apartment for a domestic violence call. The officers took a report and left.
Later Wheeler returned and bashed Velasquez in the head with a hammer, cops said. Then he allegedly dismembered Velasquez and stuffed her remains in bags.
It is unclear at this time if Martinez helpd in the dismembering of her friend but she has been charged with criminal facilitation, hindering prosecution, concealment of a human corpse, tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy.
Velasquez’ remains were discovered in Crotona Park last week. And another bag of remains washed up on the shore of Barretto Point Park.
The couple is no strangers to the criminal courts.
Wheeler served time in 2008 for attempted murder and a 2015 attempted burglary conviction. He was paroled in 2017.
Martinez serve three years for a robbery conviction.
As for Velasquez, her life ended as tragically as it began. When she was a child her pregnant mother was murdered.