Alleged Gay Love Triangle Leads to Murder-Suicide in Brooklyn
New York police say that a love triangle has led to the death of two men in Brooklyn due to an apparent murder-suicide, the New York Daily News reported.
A police spokesman said Jason Lopez, 22, shot and killed Tory Curtis, 23, on Tuesday before taking his own life in an apartment in East New York, a neighborhood on the eastern edge of Brooklyn, in New York City.
The newspaper reports that authorities said Lopez found Curtis, his alleged boyfriend, with an unidentified third man. The newspaper also says that the third man hid in the closet while Lopez shot Curtis to death and then turned the gun on himself.
Curtis’ family was distraught when they came to the scene of the incident, the New York Times noted.
"Where’s my brother? Where’s my brother?" Devon Curtis, 18, said repeatedly. "Who shot my brother?"
Witnesses say that the third man fled the apartment in fear. Neighbors said they saw a man run out of the building around 3 p.m. yelling for help before falling to the ground.
"A man screamed, ’Help, help! They killed my best friend,’ " said Krystal Ortiz, who left her home, which is close to Curtis’, after she heard gun shots and screaming.
"He was very nervous," Lucy Sanchez, Ortiz’s mother said. "He had no sneakers on, and he was crying. He said they had locked him in the closet."
Neither Ortiz or Sanchez knew the the man or Curtis. But Curtis’ barber who cut his hair Monday saw Curtis arguing with a man that night. Curtis told him it was his roommate.
"He told me he was kicking out his roommate, his best friend," the barber said.
"Me, as a mother, I’m upset," said Theresa Curtis, Curtis’s stepmother. "I’m trying to figure out what happened."
The Daily News says that Curtis’ family said he was not gay and was not in a romantic relationship with Lopez.