Neighbors in a Bronx neighborhood were stunned when a wellness check on a mother and her young daughter turned into a murder investigation. PIX11 reports that the mother and child were found late Saturday night and the man suspected in their murders was found hours later.
Gabrielle Muniz, 26, and her daughter were found inside a Monticello Avenue apartment, police said. They were found by police responding to a wellness check just before midnight.
Both victims, who suffered “stab wounds about their bodies,” were unconscious and unresponsive, officials said. Police sources said multiple knives were found inside the home. Emergency medical services responded and pronounced the victims dead at the scene.
Police were looking for a man connected to the case when they found 34-year-old Caleb Duberry, dead inside a residence on Bivonia Street. Police had responded to a call for a barricaded gunman.
According to the investigation, Duberry took his own life.
According to The New York Post, Duberry was Muniz’s boyfriend and was on parole for assault. Sources told the Post that Duberry stabbed himself to death as police closed in on him.
“I’m disgusted at what happened because it not only took my sister but my niece,” Gabrielle’s sister, Gisselle Muniz, told The Post. “I’m sure she watched her mommy die before she was taken.”
Gisselle Muniz, who lives in Florida, said that Rozara was not Duberry’s daughter and that she didn’t like him. Her sister, she said, worked from home for a law firm and was studying pharmacy with the hope of someday becoming a doctor.
“She was doing so well. I never expected this to happen,” Gisselle said. “She did so much for her daughter. That was her main motivation.”
Sources told the post that the mother had stab wounds to the head, back, and arms, while the little girl suffered blunt force trauma to the head and multiple stab wounds to the face.
If you or anyone has any information on the case, police are urging you to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).