NEW YORK – The body of a Bronx woman was found inside her apartment with a bag over her head, and police want to question her adult son, authorities said Sunday.
The victim, identified by relatives as Teresita Rosario, 59, had a plastic bag over her head when police found her dead, along with a splatter of blood, sources said. There were signs of struggle.
“She was a very happy person. She was the love of the family, ”said the victim’s sister-in-law, Nereyeda Marten. “She was always the one people asked about. Like ‘How is your sister-in-law, the one who is very noisy and likes to dance and is always smiling and never sad?’
Cops showed up to conduct a wellness check at the apartment on Clinton Ave. near Crotona Ave. in Belmont around 8:10 p.m. Saturday after receiving a 911 call from the concerned 30-year-old daughter of the victim, a nurse living in Upstate New York.
After firefighters broke down the door, police found Rosario dead on the floor at the foot of the basement stairs. The city’s medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine how he died.
“She had two children with my brother,” Marten said. “She loved her children so much.”
Police were trying to locate Rosario’s 29-year-old son for questioning. Rosario lived with her son, and police had been notified in the past of incidents of domestic violence between them, sources said.
Rosario’s son just became a father in September, relatives said.
“I haven’t seen her since last year with all this coronavirus stuff. We’ve all been too stressed out, ”Marten said of Rosario. “I’ve missed her for the past few weeks because I wanted to catch up, but we couldn’t talk.”
Rosario immigrated to New York from the Dominican Republic about 35 years ago and worked cleaning offices in Midtown, relatives said.
“She was a beautiful woman who opened her heart to everyone,” said Leo Reyes, 31, the victim’s nephew. “She never said anything bad about anyone. She was always the life of the party. She loved each of us. It’s a tragedy”.
“You can never find that sad or angry lady,” he added. “She was always happy and laughing and joking. At every meeting, she was always the loudest, making everyone smile. She was always giving me a big hug every time she saw me. ”
Reyes said Rosario has always worked hard to provide for her son and daughter.
“She was a great cook, she was a great mother,” Reyes said. “She always had a lot of love to give. And I don’t know where it went wrong. “