Sunday, October 30, 2011

Woman killed in illegal apartment


From the Forum:

A Queens woman is clinging to life dead after being accidentally shot in the head by a friend allegedly toying with a handgun while visiting his Maspeth Woodside apartment on Monday night.

So far, police have arrested Elijah Stamateris, 22, in connection with the shooting.

Delilah Cordoba, 21, was sitting on a living room couch with Stamateris and two other friends at his basement apartment at 50-43 64th Street between 8:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. when the incident occured, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

Various media outlets reported that the group was allegedly smoking marijuana as Stamateris was handling a 9-mm handgun when the gun suddenly discharged, firing a round into Cordoba’s head. Neither the 108th Precinct—which responded to and investigated the incident— nor the Queens District Attorney’s office would confirm on Wednesday whether marijuana was involved in the shooting or who the gun belonged to.

The owner of the apartment, who declined to give his name, told The Forum on Wednesday that Stamateris had moved into the apartment on October 10—just 14 days before the shooting. When asked about whether the basement apartment where Stamateris lives in was legal, the owner hung up.

According to the city Department of Buildings website, the 64th Street apartment, currently owned by Monu Talukder, has had five complaints issued against it dating back to 1995—two of them involving the basement of the apartment where Stamateris was living.

In the most recent two complaints, dated August 12, Community Board 2 complained to the Building Department that a car service was illegally being operated out of the basement of the apartment; another complaint alleged an illegal conversion of the two- family home into a three-family home. Both complaints have not been resolved yet.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Obviously, the illegal apartment caused the gun to go off while the stoners were partying. Clearly illegal apartments and getting high results in death. ;‹)

Anonymous said...

Complaint not being followed up as of yet on the latest filings? What else is new?

There is no teeth in enforcement which makes laws a mockery if they cannot or politically unwilling to enforce laws designed for safety and overall uniformity of the neighborhood density in terms of fire protection, garbage collection, police and school population.

Anonymous said...

Woman killed by dummy playing with a handgun. I don't see how this occurring in an illegal apartment has any relevance to the circumstances of this woman's death.

Queens Crapper said...

You folks are missing the point yet again. Illegal apartments attract dirtbags. People trying to squeeze every dime out of their properties will rent to them. They bring down quality of life for everyone. Get a clue.

Anonymous said...

If you think about it, it's true. How many times has Crapper featured a story about someone who was found dead in an illegal apartment for whatever circumstance? They attract a seedy element.

Anonymous said...

The same logic applies to illegal aliens.

Anonymous said...

How true this is. One day I was minding my own business when the doorbell rang. It was the FBI, and they were looking for a fugitive and asked if I knew who was in the picture they had. Sure enough, it was the guy living in the basement next door.

Anonymous said...

If your apartment doesn't exist on paper it's easier to hide in it. Criminals, sex offenders, drug dealers, illegals.....they love basement apartments where they can lay low.

Anonymous said...

When asked about whether the basement apartment where Stamateris lives in was legal, the owner hung up.
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BAA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Anonymous said...

Guns do not kill people, people kill people the ass hole who was showing off his big gun. Now he can show off in Jail ha ha.....