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a Deadly Assault

Double Homicide At Ridgewood Residence

Detectives are continuing to seek clues and suspects in the murders of two Ridgewood residents who were found fatally beaten in their home on Monday night, June 3, according to police.

Into Tuesday morning, June 4, police kept sealed the Flushing Avenue home of a man and woman who were found fatally beaten the previous evening. As of press time, no arrests have been made in the case.

Law enforcement sources identified the victims as Franco Montoya, 21, and Beatrice Morris, 28, both residents of Flushing Avenue. The relationship between the two victims was not disclosed by police.

The victims were discovered by 104th Precinct officers inside of their residence on Flushing Avenue between Charlotte Street and Onderdonk Avenue at around 9:30 p.m. Monday night.

According to police, the officers came to the scene after receiving a 911 call regarding the assault.

Montoya and Morris, both of whom suffered severe head wounds, were pronounced dead by paramedics. Their bodies were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsies.

According to the Medical Examiner’s office, Montoya died from blunt force trauma to the head, while Morris succumbed to blunt force trauma to the head and compression of the neck.

Both deaths were confirmed as homicides.

Police sealed off the home and conducted a search of the surrounding area for clues and possible suspects. Despite their efforts, no immediate arrests were made.

The case was presented to the 104th Precinct Detective Squad and the NYPD Queens Homicide Squad for further investigation, law enforcement sources said.

Anyone with any information regarding the double homicide that could prove helpful is asked to call the 104th Precinct Detective Squad at 1-718-386-2735 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Information may also be sent to Crime Stoppers by text message to 274637 (enter information, then the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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