Murder victim's family says NYPD did not act on warnings

N.J. Burkett reports on a possible language barrier within the case
February 17, 2014 7:02:45 PM PST
Jose Garcia says his sister might be alive today, if the police had taken the time to understand her fears.

Prosecutors say Deisy Garcia was murdered by her boyfriend in a jealous rage so violent, his knife fell apart. He confessed to using a second knife to murder the couple's two children.

Miguel Mejia-Ramos was later arrested, but police may have been warned long before the murders.

Deisy's family claims she filed a report with the 103rd precinct seven months ago, fearing for her life. They say Deisy called 911 and filed a second report late last year.

But relatives say nothing was done because the reports were never translated into English.

A department spokesman would say only that the NYPD is now conducting an internal review of the family's allegations.

Fifty-six percent of the people in queens speak a primary language other than English. Spanish is the primary language for one in four residents, here.

"There's not one person who speaks Spanish at that precinct?" asked the family's attorney today. "She made a statement and the police did not translate it? That's outrageous."

Mejia-Ramos was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and faces life in prison without parole if convicted.