Officials charged the ex-con, live-in lover of a Bronx mom found strangled in her bed with her murder after detectives found a wire or rope.
Police arrested 33-year-old Jeremy Cortorreal on Thursday for the murder, manslaughter, and assault of 38-year-old mom of eight Lissette Gomez, who was found dead in her bed in her apartment on Cauldwell Avenue near Westchester Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities say Gomez died of asphyxiation with a wire or rope after police noticed significant cuts on her face and neck.
She was murdered.
Police said an extension cord was found at the site, but it’s unclear if it was used to choke her.
Carmen Torres, Gomez’s 44-year-old Bronx sister, told The Post Thursday that she is “devastated” by her sister’s death.
“[The boyfriend is] terrible,” Torres stated outside the building. Love blinds.
“My heart is heavy, but I’m trying to be tough since I’m the only one out here for her. My folks are in Florida because they can’t afford to travel.”
Torres called her sister “beautiful” and “kind.”
“She had a large heart,” the heartbroken woman remarked. “She gave you everything. She was great.”
“She had bruises on her face, on her legs, on her arms, everywhere,” Torres said.
Gomez, who had eight children, resided with her two youngest until domestic violence issues forced them out early this year, neighbors said.
One neighbor who declined to provide her name said Gomez started seeing her boyfriend in late September or early October, and the children were removed in January.
The neighbor said she met him and he moved in the next week. “What the f–k did you do?” Problematic. DV. After one time, these girls must leave.”
After years of drug addiction, neighbor Nini Rodriguez, 59, said Gomez had been turning her life around but had recently fallen into a “very abusive” relationship.
Rodriguez stated everyone saw him beating her. She was always black and blue and told everyone he was aggressive.
“She was with the wrong person,” she added. She was amazing before that person. She was usually cheerful, helpful, and willing to help.
“We knew she was in danger with her partner, and we kept advising her to get rid of him, but she wouldn’t so look what happened.”
The NYPD verified one domestic dispute between the couple earlier this year.
Cortorreal was arraigned Friday night in Bronx criminal court without bail.
At the hearing, Deputy District Attorney Kanelya Arima told the judge that Gomez’s murder surveillance video showed Cortorreal at the scene.
“Surveillance tape shows the defendant and victim arriving at their apartment. She said the victim never departed.
“The defendant is the only one on film entering and departing from the apartment until he was located in the bedroom, packing a suitcase, while the victim lay dead on the bed with a laceration to her face and bruising and ligature marks to her neck.”
Arima said Cortorreal rushed to his mother’s apartment next door, changed clothes, and was arrested when he returned outside.
“The defendant ultimately confessed to putting his hand on his girlfriend, causing her to lose consciousness and that he knew she was dead when he left and chose not to contact 911,” she added.
Authorities claimed Cortorreal had eight past charges for burglary, illegal possession of stolen property, and narcotics possession.
State correction records show he was paroled in 2020 for burglary and bail jumping.
According to records, he is on post-release supervision until 2024.
Cortorreal’s court date is March 28.