Wake held for Bronx woman who was slain, dismembered
The family of a woman whose body parts were found scattered in multiple parks in the Bronx mourned her loss Thursday at the Parkchester Funeral Home.
Family members invited News 12 to Lisa Velasquez's viewing as they honored her life.
Pictures of the young woman at the funeral home showcased the good person her family says she was. Family members prayed and shared stories, remembering the life of the 25-year-old.
Family members remembered Lisa as someone who loved playing softball and as a hard worker.
Velasquez’s body parts were found scattered between Baretto Point Park and near Crotona Park.
News 12 reported that Velasquez tried to help out a friend in need several weeks ago, leaving her grandmother's apartment at the Melrose Houses to go to Longfellow Avenue. That self-proclaimed friend, Ciara Martinez, appeared in court earlier Tuesday, facing murder and other charges.
Police say Martinez and Daquan Wheeler were arguing about their child when Velasquez arrived. They say after Velasquez got there, Wheeler left, then returned to bash her over the head with a hammer.
Wheeler, who is also charged with murder, waived his right to appear before a judge Tuesday. He and Martinez are accused of acting in concert to kill Velasquez and dismember her body.
The family has been through a tragedy similar to this before. Velasquez's mother, Marilyn Ginel, was brutally murdered by an ex-boyfriend in 2006.