Police have reclassified the death of 19-year-old woman, who was found face down on her bed at her Queens home New Year’s Day, as a homicide — making it the city’s first of 2016.
Joceline Romo was found unconscious and unresponsive at 10:46 p.m. on Friday inside her home on 86th Street in Woodhaven, according to cops. Emergency personnel responded and pronounced Romo dead at the scene.
Although initial reports said Romo was found with no apparent trauma, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office said Romo died of “homicidal violence including blunt force trauma of the head and compression of the neck.”
On Saturday, police reclassified Romo’s death as a homicide and the investigation is ongoing.
The young woman’s 24-year-old boyfriend is reportedly the prime suspect in the incident, the New York Post reported, and was taken to Jamaica Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
Queens also saw the city’s last homicide in 2015, when 16-year-old Jihad Jackson was fatally shot at around 11:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve in Jamaica.
Three suspects were arrested on Saturday for contaminating the scene where Jackson was killed, police said.