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Photo by Erica Sherman

Photo by Erica Sherman

Investigators believe the two people found dead in an Emmons Avenue apartment building yesterday afternoon ended their own lives as part of a suicide pact.

Cops responded to 3030 Emmons Avenue at approximately 12:44pm for a “wellness check” – a response to concerns from loved ones. When they arrived, they found a 43-year-old man who lived in the apartment dead on the sofa. A 44-year-old Texas woman was dead on the floor.

On the table was a plastic bag of white lumps that looked like soap pellets; the Department of Environmental Protection later confirmed the substance was the highly toxic chemical cyanide.

The man’s cell phone had the woman listed under the name “Kim Suicide,” according to the Daily News. Investigators now believe the two agreed to die together, with the Texas woman flying to the Brooklyn apartment to do the deed.

The man’s internet history showed he had researched how to use cyanide to commit suicide.

No criminality is suspected.

Warning signs of a suicide include talking about wanting to die or feeling as if you have no purpose, displaying extreme mood swings, withdrawing or becoming isolated, talking about being a burden on others, sleeping too little or too much, acting recklessly or increasing the use of drugs or alcohol. If someone you know shows these warning signs, do not leave the person alone, seek help from a medical or mental health professional, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255). Find more information here.

Avenue U's N line station. (Source: Google Maps)

Avenue U’s N line station. (Source: Google Maps)

Early morning straphangers made a gruesome find Saturday after a man hanged himself at Avenue U’s N line subway station in Gravesend.

The man was found hanging by a “thick rope” at about 3:35am, police told the Daily News. The rope was tied to the staircase on the Manhattan-bound side of the platform, Gothamist adds. Conflicting reports indicate he was either 22 or 25 years old.

His identity was not released, but police believe it was a suicide and are still investigating, though no criminality is suspected.

The scene was cleaned up quickly. Neighbors who rode the train at the station just hours after said they were unaware of the incident until reports surfaced later in the day.

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A man died early Friday morning after he jumped in front of a Q train in Brighton Beach, the Daily News reports.

The man, who police said was in his mid 40s, apparently threw himself in front of the southbound Q train as it rolled into the Ocean Pkwy. station shortly after midnight on Friday, police said.

The man was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital.

Feliciano and Huerto (Source: Facebook)

Feliciano and Huerta (Source: Facebook)

Police say that 86-year-old Heriberto Pagan of East 15th Street in Midwood shot his grandson, Michael Feliciano, 47, in the face, put a bullet in the head of his grandson’s fiancee, Claritle Huerta, 28, and then got in his car and drove off. Nearby, Pagan stepped out of the car and turned the gun on himself, committing suicide.

The incident happened at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Friday in Rosebank, Staten Island.

Feliciano, the only survivor, was listed in critical condition after the incident, but granted the Daily News an interview over the weekend.

Feliciano, tears in his eyes and a bandage over his right cheek, spoke to Huerta on the phone minutes before all hell broke loose. She told him that Pagan was at the house on Virginia Ave. in Rosebank.

She called me and told me that he was there and he wanted to talk to me,” Feliciano told The News in an exclusive interview. “I said, ‘I just got off the bus. I’ll be right there. I love you.’”

… “She gave me the love that I’m never going to get back from anybody,” he said.

They met three years ago in rehab. He was first attracted to her smile.

“That smile just melted me,” he said. “She was the perfect woman for me.”

The couple’s 4-month-old son was in the home where his mother was killed. He wasn’t injured.

Authorities believe the root of the incident was the slow pace of eviction proceedings. The home Feliciano and his fiancee lived in was owned by his mother, Pagan’s daughter. Pagan believed the couple was taking advantage of her, and he and other family members struggled to give them the boot.

But just hours before the shooting, a judge had signed off on a warrant to evict Feliciano and his fiancee, reports SILive.

Court records show that Pagan’s daughter, Mildred Feliciano, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and was staying with relatives in Puerto Rico at the time of Friday’s shooting, filed a holdover petition to evict her son, Michael, 47, and his 28-year-old fiancee on Aug. 21, 2013. The parties appeared in Staten Island Civil Court on Sept. 12, 2013, and entered into an agreement that Feliciano and Ms. Huerta would be out of the house by the end of the year.

On Christmas Eve, Michael Feliciano, citing the loss of his job and the birth of his son, Uriel, one month earlier, applied for and was granted an extension that would allow him and his fiancee to remain in the house until Jan. 25, records show. But when Jan. 25 rolled around, Feliciano and Ms. Huerta were still living in the house. Feliciano applied for another extension on Jan. 30, but was denied because the request was deemed “premature,” since a marshal had not yet been issued a warrant of eviction, a court clerk said.

… The warrant was ultimately properly requested and reviewed on March 27, the day before the shooting, and signed by Judge Kimberley Moser on the day of the shooting.

It was officially issued to New York City marshall Steven Powell on Monday, with its execution stayed through April 2.

[Pagan's attorney on the eviction] Tribiano said eviction petitioners are typically notified shortly after a warrant is issued, but he couldn’t be sure whether Heriberto Pagan knew the judge had signed off on the warrant before he confronted his grandson and his grandson’s fiancee on Friday.

Tribiano said that he did not know why Pagan wanted the couple out, but noted that they did not have a lease.

News 12 reports that Pagan lived in the Midwood home for more than 30 years.

 The woman who has lived with him for many years says he was friendly and a great man, but did have some issues with his grandson. She says Pagan told her that he was going to Staten Island, and never came back.

Neighbors of Pagan’s grandson say he was friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand.

2044 East 18th Street (Source: Google Maps)

2044 East 18th Street (Source: Google Maps)

The NYPD is currently on scene at 2044 East 18th Street off of Avenue T after a person fatally plunged from the building.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A tipster tells Sheepshead Bites that fire trucks and ambulances were also on scene, and police had roped off the area with crime tape. A crowd had formed. That call came in at 2:48 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., NYCityAlerts, a Twitter account that reports on emergency incidents, posted that the victim was down from the roof and pronounced dead.

The building at 2044 East 18th Street is seven stories tall. It is not yet clear if the victim jumped, fell or was pushed, nor is it clear if the fall was from the roof, a window or a fire escape.

We are awaiting more information from authorities.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

Dmitriy Kanarikov, the father, is seen here on the Canal in Manhattan Beach

A father threw his toddler son off the roof of a 52-story Manhattan building on Sunday before also leaping. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.

The father was a resident of Sheepshead Bay and had recently gone through a bitter divorce, according to the Associated Press.

Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, landed on 425 West 59th Street and his son’s body landed on 455 West 59th Street, according to an article by DNAinfo.

Kanarikov picked up his son, Kirill Kanarikov, Sunday morning at the NYPD’s 17th Precinct in Manhattan. He was supposed to return his son to the boy’s mother that same day but instead went to the roof of a relative’s building just before noon, where he took his fatal plunge.

Kanarikov’s Facebook features photos of the family on a beach. In one of the pictures, the father is carrying his ex-wife in his arms and in another the sand is imprinted with the father, mother and son’s feet.

Dondre Samuel (Source: Facebook)

A 19-year-old Kingsborough Community College student was the lone survivor at the scene of an apparent double murder and suicide perpetrated by his mother, an NYPD officer,  in their Flatlands home yesterday.

Officer Rosette Samuel, a 13-year veteran of the NYPD who had never discharged her firearm in the line of duty, is believed to have fatally shot her boyfriend, their one-year-old son and then herself. A second son from a previous relationship, the 19-year-old student, fled out the back window when he was awoken by gunshots and called 911.

From the New York Post:

A cop who had worked with Samuel in the Manhattan traffic division before Samuel transferred to the 108th Precinct in Long Island City in January, said, “This is unbelievable.”

“She was tight with everyone here. It wasn’t her. Sometimes people snap,” that cop said. “Post-partum depression is the first thing that came to my mind. Didn’t show any signs of it.”

… The killings occurred just before 8:30 a.m. in Samuel’s first-floor apartment on E. 56th St. near Farragut Road in Flatlands.

Witnesses said they saw Samuel’s 19-year-old son Dondre Samuel, a biology student at Kingsborough Community College, frantically climbing out of the back window of that apartment wearing a pair of shorts and no shirt, just an Addidas jacket.

“He was shaken up,” said Anthony Beckford, 19. “My uncle asked what happened . . . he was all scraped up and he ran into the backyard. His elbows and his knees were scraped. He said, ‘Look, look!’”

“He was frantic. He couldn’t really talk,” Beckford said of Dondre, who is Samuel’s son from a prior relationship.

When Beckford looked at the front of the apartment, near the front door, he saw the body of Samuel’s boyfriend Peters, lying on the floor.

“I just the his head, and the top part of his body,” Beckford said. “He was facing down, surrounded by blood.”

Samuel’s body was found in bed, along with the one-year-old son.

Metro reports that a possible suicide note was found at the scene:

The source paraphrased Rosette Samuel’s note as saying, “Sorry I had to do this. I’m going to take Dylan with me because I can’t bear it alone,” referring to her 1-year-old son.

It also referenced a sum of money in a deferred compensation plan and specified it should be used for the college education of her other son, 19-year-old Dondre Samuel.

Cops reportedly found a sealed envelope as well. The contents are currently unknown.

Nostrand Houses (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

If you saw heavy police activity turn up near 2986 Avenue V at around 2:30 p.m. today, the answer is no, it wasn’t another violent incident in the Sheepshead-Nostrand Housing Projects.

It was just an elevator repairman.

NYPD converged on the scene, aided by hostage negotiators and Emergency Service Unites, after a neighbor called 911 to report what appeared to be a man poised to jump from the roof of the building.

Once the authorities showed up, however, it became clear that it was an elevator repairman, working on the building’s constantly problematic elevator system.

Detectives examine the body in an alley next to the day care.

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: While putting out a fire at 2281 Ocean Parkway, firefighters discovered a man who appears to have shot himself in the head.

According to an FDNY EMT on the scene, it appeared the man sparked a fire in the building’s third floor attic before turning a gun on himself.

An acquaintance of the victim was on the scene and told Sheepshead Bites that a forced change in his living situation had recently put the victim in a tough spot.

“I knew he was upset about having to move,” the acquaintance said. “I didn’t think he would do anything like this.”

Another friend of the victim refused to talk to Sheepshead Bites, but noted, “He was a good guy. He wasn’t a bad guy at all; he was a good guy.”

Neighbors said a man in his mid-40s has lived at the location for several years, above ABC Plus Day Care and a gastroenterologist’s office.

The day care center was closed for the holidays, and the EMT said no one else was in the building.

Police have not yet confirmed that it was a suicide, as homicide detectives examined the body behind a white sheet in an alley beside the building.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

A 30-year-old man appears to have taken his own life on the sands of Brighton Beach this morning, having shot himself in the head.

According to police, who arrived on the scene shortly after 9:00 a.m., the victim was a white male who died of a single gunshot wound to the head in an “apparent suicide.” The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

The victim was declared dead when police arrived on the beach at Brighton 14th Street.

Todd Maisel, a Daily News photographer, got to the scene around the same time as police. On Twitter, Maisel wrote that it appeared he had burned papers before shooting himself with a handgun. Police could not confirm either of those details to Sheepshead Bites.

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