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SNAP Snoring 92YearOld Killed By Roommate With Pillow

Issued: 2018-03-08

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By Larry Celona, Tina Moore and Stephanie Pagones

March 8, 2018 | 2:17pm | Updated March 8, 2018 | 6:07pm

He couldn’t take her snoring anymore.

A SoHo man suffocated his 92-year-old roommate by holding a pillow to her face — all to muffle her annoying snores, law enforcement sources told The Post.

Enrique Leyva, 47, had been a live-in caretaker for Veronica Ivins for the past three years, according to neighbors, who said that in recent months their formerly tidy apartment on tony Sullivan Street had devolved into filth and loud arguments.

Then, shortly after midnight on Thursday, as the old lady slept, something in the suspect snapped.

“I killed my roommate,” Leyva said when he called 911 on Thursday, law enforcement sources told The Post.

Cops rushed to the apartment, where neighbors said the woman has lived for at least the last 50 years, and found her lying on her bed semi-conscious.

She was taken to New York Presbyterian hospital, where she was pronounced dead, sources said.

“He placed a pillow over her face and then placed his hands around her neck,” a police source told The Post.

Leyva was taken to the First Precinct, where he was charged with murder Thursday afternoon.

“Why did a woman who celebrated her 92nd birthday last week get carted off on a stretcher?” one furious upstairs neighbor, Brooklyn Lastra, 34, railed after learning the woman had died.

Multiple neighbors had made complaints to city agencies over the past year, as shouting, roaches and mice escaped in increasing numbers from the murdered woman’s apartment and the woman herself began looking more and more unkempt, Lastra said.

“Could this have been avoided? Absolutely,” Lastra insisted.

Leyva began acting odd in recent months, neighbors said.

He was my lover for six and a half years,” upstairs neighbor Anthony Iannacone told The Post of the suspect, who he described as a “very, very, very nice” man who’d worked a series of odd jobs, most recently as a dog walker.

“He hasn’t worked in a little while,” Iannacone said. “He applied for disability.”

The suspect had been taking medication for anxiety and depression, he said.

Three years ago, the pair split up — “I’m super, super neat and he was sloppy,” Iannacone said — and Leyva moved downstairs into the elderly woman’s apartment, becoming her caretaker.

At first the arrangement seemed to work for both of them, neighbors said.


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