Alexandria Castano: Bloodied body of NYC woman, 24, found outside door to her house
Alexandria Castano was found in front of her house. Her mom said she was cooking dinner with her daughter when she left abruptly but texted saying she was coming home 30 min later
NEW YORK: Alexandria Castano, 24, was found dead at her home on Tuesday, October 5. Police received a call reporting the sight of an unresponsive female at the front vestibule of a Mount Vernon house at 165 Summit Avenue. The victim's mom, Lucia said that she and her daughter were cooking dinner together when Alex abruptly left the house around 8 pm on Monday, October 4. Lucia then said that received a text from Alex 30 minutes later saying she was heading home but stopped replying to calls and texts afterwards.
Lucia found her daughter's bloody body the next morning at her door when she was woken up by police. "I see from my window the ambulance, police around here. I hear somebody talking here by the door, and I open it and I see my daughter here, " she said. Alex's family believe that she was murdered. Alex's sister, Cristina Benitez said, "Somebody did something to her in my heart I know it. I just want to know what happened to my sister? Who did something to my sister?" Police have not shared a cause of death as of yet.
The family said they don't know who informed the police about Alex's body or who would hurt her. The Westchester County Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Police are yet to release information about any possible suspects. No arrests have been made so far. A candlelight vigil was held Tuesday, October 5 night. Friends and family were gathered to honor the young woman. "Her smile, she just brights up the room, like super positive, " Alex's childhood friend, Maria Figueredo said. Another friend Daiana Gutierrez spoke of Alex fondly and said, "She is a very good person. She will never harm nobody. She had a very big heart." Alex mother, Lucia shared that she worked in retail and was going to school in hopes to become a lawyer.