Grammy-Winning Drummer Dead After Being Choked in Bronx

By Sasha Gonzales

A Grammy-winning drummer was killed during a domestic dispute in the stairwell of his Bronx apartment building Sunday afternoon, police said.

Lawrence Leathers, 37, died after allegedly being choked and losing consciousness in the building on East 141st Street in Mott Haven shortly before noon, according to a police official.

The man who allegedly placed Leathers in a chokehold during the dispute, Sterling Aguilar, along with Leathers’ live-in girlfriend, Lisa Harris, were both arrested and charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, records show.

Harris allegedly punched Leathers during the incident, which stemmed from a love triangle the three were involved in, according to the official.

An autopsy will determine Leathers’ official cause of death, the official said.

Leathers has won two Grammy awards for his drum work with the Aaron Diehl Trio. His most recent Grammy win came in 2017 for the album “Dreams and Daggers,” part of which was recorded live at the Village Vanguard in Manhattan.

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Sasha Gonzales is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering breaking news and crime. A Bronx native, Sasha is an avid photographer, museum-goer, and reader. She lives in Kingsbridge.