Friday, March 4, 2011

Killer Dies In Hospital After Double Murder/Suicide, Fire

"BRONX, NY — A man who was critically injured in a Bronx apartment fire Wednesday, after allegedly killing his baby daughter and her mother and committing arson, has died.

"Police say Vicente Cordero, 34, was pronounced dead at Westchester Medical Center.

"Earlier in the day, he was charged with two counts of murder, arson, reckless endangerment and second-degree assault.

"Police say Cordero repeatedly stabbed Kety Sanchez, 30, during a dispute early Wednesday morning in their apartment on the fifth floor of a six-story building at 2275 Morris Avenue in Fordham Heights. Investigators say the two were romantically linked.

"Then, just before 8 a.m., police say Cordero set a fire in the apartment that killed Keiry Cordero, his one-year-old daughter with Sanchez.

"When police arrived about a half hour later, they found the woman and child lying unconscious in the apartment's bedroom.

"The baby was declared dead on the scene and Sanchez, who was stabbed and severely burned, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital and pronounced dead.

"Vicente Cordero was found in the apartment's living room, and was later revived at the scene, according to police.

"Both the fire chief and City Councilman Fernando Cabrera said a gas can was found in the apartment, which may have contributed to the ferocity of the fire."


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