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The Bobster
01-03-2016, 08:16 AM

19-year-old woman is city’s first homicide victim in 2016
By Shawn Cohen, Melkorka Licea and Dean Balsamini
January 3, 2016 | 8:56am

A 19-year-old Queens woman found dead in her bed is the city’s first homicide victim of 2016, the medical examiner’s office reported on Saturday.

Joceline Romo was found at around 10:45 p.m. Friday, unconscious and face-down in the bed in her apartment on 86th Street near 91st Avenue in Woodhaven.

She died of “homicidal violence including blunt force trauma of the head and compression of the neck,” an ME’s office spokeswoman said.

By her side was an open bottle of pills, the sources said. Romo was pronounced dead at the scene.

At first, investigators believed the young woman had suffered an overdose.

But after the body was taken to the morgue, investigators saw she had suffered “extensive facial damage and punches to her midsection,” the sources said.

Romo’s boyfriend, Fabian Maliza, was later picked up by police. His left wrist was slashed. He is the prime suspect, police sources said.

Maliza, 24, was taken to Jamaica Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and to be treated for his injury, the sources said.