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Decomposing body of woman in trash outside NYC building had been shot in head

A decomposing body found wrapped in a sleeping bag in the trash outside a Manhattan apartment building was dumped there by a man in a wheelchair after the victim was shot in the head — leaving her devastated family searching for answers.

The corpse found just before 5 p.m. on Friday on E. 27th St. near Third Ave. in Kips Bay was so badly decomposed cops were unsure of the gender or how the person died.

The death has now been deemed a homicide and the victim identified as 31-year-old Yazmeen Williams. And cops have recovered video showing a man in a motorized wheelchair dumping the body. No arrests have been made.

“He just threw my baby out like garbage,” said the victim’s mother, Nicole Williams. “This is evil. It’s so evil.”

Williams had everything in the world to live for, her family says. She had just started a new job helping homeless people find housing.

“My birthday is at the end of the month. She was saying ‘Mom, we’re going out! We’re gonna celebrate,’” Nicole Williams said. “She’s a wonderful daughter.”

Yazmeen Williams, left, and her mother, Nicole Williams, at Yazmeen's graduation.
Yazmeen Williams, left, and her mother, Nicole Williams, at Yazmeen’s graduation.

The body was discovered after neighbors complained of the smell.

When police officers got there, they found a large garbage bag under a sidewalk shed on a four-wheel dolly, police said. The bag was with the building’s garbage waiting to be picked up by the Department of Sanitation. Officers cut open the plastic bag and found a blue sleeping bag.

The remains were inside the bag, police said.

The cause of death, a gunshot wound to the head, was established on Sunday, police said.

Cops are looking for the man seen on surveillance video dragging the corpse as he made his way down the street in a motorized wheelchair.

The victim lived nearby with her grandmother. She majored in criminal justice at Buffalo State college, her mother said, and wanted to go back to school for her master’s degree.

Murder victim Yazmeen Williams.
Murder victim Yazmeen Williams.

Nisha Ramirez, the victim’s sister, noted that Yazmeen, despite studying law, was the type of person who would want to help people not put them behind bars.

Before the murder, the sister said, Yazmeen was “in good spirits” seemingly without any worries.

“Who would do this to her?”  she asked.

The victim’s mother, meanwhile, said that when police broke the news to her she collapsed and nearly fainted, hoping it was a  dream.

“When the detectives came to the door I knew,” she said. “I just saw them and I said, ‘No, no, no.’ I said, ‘This is not happening.’”

“I didn’t want to hear it because I watch all of those crime shows,” she added.

The victim’s mother described Yazmeen as “funny, outgoing, stylish,” with a penchant for gold dresses and gold jewelry



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