Blood was splashed all over her Bronx apartment when a 38-year-old mother of two was discovered dead in her bed this week, police said.
Authorities found the death of Lissette Gomez around 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday in her apartment on Cauldwell Avenue, close to Westchester Avenue in the Woodstock neighborhood.
The NYPD has declared Gomez’s death “suspicious,” but they have not revealed any other details.
Police said they were questioning a man in his 30s about his possible involvement in Gomez’s death, although it was unclear what their connection was like.
After receiving a 911 call about Gomez’s death, police arrived at her residence and discovered her body in bed, with obvious signs of trauma to her face and neck. The EMS personnel confirmed her death.
A final decision will be made by the city’s medical examiner’s office.
On Thursday, friends, family, and neighbors gathered at the building entryway to leave flowers, candles, and messages for Gomez.
Carmen Torres, her sister, wrote in a note, “RIP dear angel we love you.” Carmen was 44 at the time of her death.
Torres, also from The Bronx, told The Post, “I’m feeling destroyed,” as he exited the structure. Right now all I feel is a heaviness in my heart, but I have to be tough since I’m the only one out here for her. With their limited financial resources, my parents have stayed here in Florida.
Mother of two, Torres’s sister was praised for her beauty and generosity by her sister’s sister.
A large heart, the mourning woman reflected. Whatever she owned, she would give to you. It’s safe to say she was an exceptional human being.
Gomez “had bruises on her face, on her legs, on her arms, everywhere,” Torres said, adding that her sister had been with a “bad” boyfriend she had warned her about. The two sisters hadn’t seen each other in a week.
After years of struggling with drug addiction, Gomez was making positive changes in her life, according to her neighbors, until she got involved in an abusive relationship.
“She was setting her life up, doing everything right,” said Nini Rodriguez, 59, who had known Gomez for roughly ten years.
“She was basically in a pretty awful circumstance, a domestic violence relationship,” Rodriguez said. “He was quite violent. Everyone knew he regularly assaulted her. She would tell people that he was aggressive and constantly had black and blue marks on her face.