A Brooklyn teen has been charged with murdering her mother and her mother’s boyfriend in cold blood.
According to the New York Daily News, 15-year-old Destiny Garcia — whose name has been released because she’s being tried as an adult — has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the December 28 killings of her mother, Rosa Sanchez, and her mother’s boyfriend, Anderson Nunez. After obtaining a gun from an unconfirmed source, Garcia allegedly shot her mother, killing her, then, after a struggle for the gun, ended up stabbing Nunez, leaving a horrific crime scene. Via NYDN:
Garcia’s mom died of a gunshot wound to the head and a stab wound in the chest, the medical examiner said. Nunez was stabbed in the head, neck and torso.
Sources said Garcia told police she grabbed a gun out of a drawer in her mother’s bedroom and fired at least two bullets into Sanchez. Then she allegedly fired the gun at Nunez. It’s not known who the gun belonged to or how long it had been there.
During a struggle that spilled into the kitchen, Nunez grabbed the gun, but she stabbed him several times in the back, cops said.
The police believe Garcia was acting in conjunction with another teen but have yet to zero in on a suspect. So if you live near Sheepshead Bay, you might want to lock your doors and windows tonight.
Victims Rosa Sanchez (l.) and Anderson Nunez were found dead on Sunday in an apartment in Sheepshead Bay.
Most disturbingly, sources say Garcia lived with the bodies for about a week, during which she went shopping and celebrated New Year’s Eve in Times Square like it was NBD. She also visited her father but didn’t tell him about the double murder, which is not surprising, considering teens don’t even like telling their dads how school is going.
Eventually, Garcia confided to a relative named Jason Valentin about what she had done. Valentin then drove her to the police station, where she signed a confession. In early statements to the police, Garcia said Nunez had sexually abused her, and her mother had done nothing to stop him. In later statements, she switched them around and said her mother had been the abuser. Police say they don’t believe any of it and that the murder was clearly not self-defense:
“She said basically it was the mother that actually was abusive to her, physically abusive to her, in the past,” Boyce said. “We don’t believe this was at all an act of self-defense. She went and got a gun…. That’s not consistent with someone (acting) in self-defense.”
Neighbors gather outside 2364 Batchelder St. in Brooklyn as police investigate a double homicide.
It’s easy to joke about terrifying teens, but in reality, it’s much more likely Garcia is the victim of serious abuse than some sort of psychopathic bad seed, with trauma having a well-documented effect on how victims remember and tell their stories. That said, it’s still possible she’s the latter.
Teen Allegedly Murders Mother And Her Boyfriend, Celebrates New Year’s Eve In Times Square