Woman dies almost a month after East Elmhurst arson
Homicidal house guest had intentionally set home ablaze, killing self and others
BY MARK HALLUM
A 35-year-old woman has died of
injuries incurred during an arson event
in East Elmhurst on July 10, making
her the fourth fatality in what police
have deemed a homicide.
Elizabeth Rodriguez died on Aug.
6, according to NYPD. However, the
NYPD has remained silent on the
events leading up to what reports
have claimed was a dispute between
the family and a house guest that
Rafelina Moreno, a resident of the
two story home at 23-49 93rd St., was
seen shedding her grief out on the street
alongside family after the incident as
dozens of NYPD detectives conducted
an investigation into what transpired.
She could be heard expressing regret
that she had “let him into her home.”
According to the New York Times,
a house guest, 23-year-old David Abreu
Nuñez, who was asked to leave set the
home ablaze, killing himself, a six-yearold
girl and her 76-year-old grandfather.
Rodriguez was removed to a hospital
in critical condition alongside her
10-month-old son, whose condition
The investigation is ongoing.
An East Elmhurst, the scene of an arson the has now claimed the lives of four, on July 10. Photo: Mark Hallum/QNS
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