109th Precinct
Murder-suicide leaves one-year-old without a mom

A man who family reportedly said was obsessed with his friend allegedly killed her and her two dogs before taking his own life.

On Wednesday June 23, neighbors called police about a foul odor coming from 34-20 Murray Lane.

Upon arrival, police found 31-year-old Claudia Montoya, who had a one-year-old daughter, reportedly stabbed multiple times, with her throat slashed. Her two Yorkshire Terriers were also dead, reportedly overcome by fumes emitting from the stove that Wilmer Castano, 27, turned on.

Reports say that Castano, who knew Montoya from Francis Lewis High School, then made off with her Mercedes SUV, ramming it into Flushing Bay in an attempt to end his life.

When that didn’t work, say reports, he laid on the tracks of the No. 7 line at the Hunters Point station.


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