By Kevin Deutsch
The family of a newly arrived Mexican immigrant killed under mysterious circumstances in the Bronx is asking for the public’s help in repatriating his body.
Gerardo Villano Juárez, 24, was found dead Thursday in the courtyard of his apartment building on Grand Concourse and East 178th Street in Mount Hope, just six weeks after his arrival in America.
NYPD investigators suspect Juárez plunged from a fire escape four flights up after slipping on a patch of ice about 5:20 a.m. Relatives have cast doubt on that theory, saying Juárez lived on the other side of the building, knew no one in the area of the fire escape, and would have had no reason to be climbing around outside windows on a bitterly cold morning.
Juárez’s cousin, Lunita Villano, said in a Facebook post Saturday that the family needs help in sending his body back to Mexico for burial.
She asked that anyone able to make a donation contact Juarez’s brother, Carmelo Villano Juárez, at 646-657-5859.