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Man arrested for killing bound and burned alive woman in New York City: cops

This week, police arrested a suspect in the murder of a woman found burned to death in a Brooklyn apartment more than two months ago.

Lashawn Duffy, 28, was charged Tuesday with murder and kidnapping in connection with the nefarious November 11 murder of 40-year-old Sugeris Ramirez, with whom he had an unspecified family relationship, authorities said.

Ramirez was found unconscious in an apartment on the second floor of a building on Van Sicklen Avenue near Fulton Street in Cypress Hills after a morning fire, police said.

Duffy is accused of tying her up and setting her on fire, authorities said.


Police say Lashawn Duffy, 28, is accused of tying Sugeris Ramirez, 40, and burning her alive.
Police say Lashawn Duffy, 28, is accused of tying Sugeris Ramirez, 40, and burning her alive.
Seth Gottfried for NY Post

Ambulance workers pronounced her dead.

Ramirez’s death certificate, released by the city’s office of chief medical examiner, states that Ramirez died as a result of “suicidal violence, including thermal injuries,” police said Wednesday.

The police described her as a squatter.

Another person suffered minor injuries in the fire but refused medical attention, according to the FDNY.

A dozen units with 60 firefighters and paramedics responded to hell.

Duffy was expected to be charged Wednesday in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

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