Ex-con in hor­rific beat­ing slay of gal pal & her 14-yr.-old son jumps in front of train

New York Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN REX BROWN, EL­IZ­A­BETH EL­IZALDE AND ESHA RAY With Rocco Paras­can­dola, Irene Spez­za­monte and John An­nese

The boyfriend sus­pected of fa­tally blud­geon­ing a Bronx mom and her 14-year-old son jumped to his death in front of a Metro-North train, po­lice said on Mon­day.

Hec­tor Cruz, 51, was killed by the north­bound train at the Harts­dale, Westch­ester County, sta­tion at 9:45 a.m. Sun­day. Six hours later, po­lice re­ceived 911 calls that Marisol Or­tiz, 51, and her teenage son Alanche Del Orbe had been beaten to death in their Bronx apart­ment at 185th St. at South­ern Blvd. in Bel­mont.

Or­tiz’s 21-year-old daugh­ter, Chan­tal Del Orbe, dis­cov­ered their bod­ies af­ter re­turn­ing home from a night at a friend’s place, rel­a­tives said.

The dis­traught daugh­ter came upon her brother’s body the day be­fore he would have turned 15. She hung a birth­day ban­ner over a me­mo­rial of pho­to­graphs of Alanche out­side their build­ing Mon­day. She sang a somber “Happy Birth­day” be­fore burst­ing into tears.

“He was sweet all the time,” she said of Alanche. “It was all love in that house.”

But then it turned into a hor­rific crime scene.

Both vic­tims suf­fered head trauma. Along­side their bod­ies was an ex­er­cise weight po­lice be­lieve was the mur­der weapon. In­ves­ti­ga­tors think Or­tiz may have also been stabbed in the head, sources said. An au­topsy will de­ter­mine the cause of death.

Griev­ing friends and fam­ily of Or­tiz and Alanche told the Daily News that they had no doubt Cruz was the killer. They shared pho­tos of him on Face­book and called for jus­tice.

“Damn you a thou­sand times, damn you be­cause you killed her,” Emiluz Or­tiz wrote on Face­book.

“Go in peace my aunt with my nephew. Wow, I feel so pow­er­less why do things like this have to hap­pen. My God. Mourn­ing. What a great loss.”

Marisol Or­tiz’s brother, Addy Tav­eras, wrote on Face­book: “This damn man killed my sis­ter and nephew. Spread the photo so that the full weight of jus­tice falls on this mon­ster.”

Cruz com­pleted a sev­enyear sen­tence in 2016 for first-de­gree as­sault, ac­cord­ing to Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions records.

“He was a bit jeal­ous. He was strange. He would look through (Or­tiz’s) phone but he was never ag­gres­sive. He al­ways said he wanted the fam­ily united,” Chan­tal Del Orbe said. “He never re­ally con­vinced me. Days be­fore he was act­ing strange.”

Cruz com­peted with Or­tiz’s chil­dren for at­ten­tion, Tav­eras said. “He wanted Marisol to pay more at­ten­tion to him than the kids.”

“In front of peo­ple he was nice but he turned out to be a dog. He had a crazy man’s face,” he said.

Bronx res­i­dent J. New­man said he’d let Cruz, who had

been home­less since get­ting out of prison, stay in his apart­ment.

“There were a lot of things that both­ered him. His mother passed away when he was in­car­cer­ated and he never had the time to grieve. He had no apart­ment so that was an­other thing that both­ered him. He needed peo­ple to talk to,” said New­man, 74, who is blind.

There was no other sym­pa­thy for Cruz.

“They’re go­ing to cre­mate the bod­ies be­cause they were told that their faces were so bru­tally beaten, you can’t see who they were. You can’t see their faces,” Or­tiz’s cousin Haydee Leonardo told The News.

Their ashes would likely be sent to the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, where the father of Alanche and Chan­tal lives, Tav­eras said. Leonardo said her father wants Chan­tal to go to the Do­mini­can Repub­lic. “He’s very dev­as­tated,” he said.

The su­per­in­ten­dent of the build­ing, Daniel Oliv­eras, was among those who thought Cruz was the killer. He said the boyfriend of­ten stayed with Or­tiz and al­ways “looked ner­vous.”

“This guy is a devil!” Oliv­eras said of Cruz. “He’s a bad char­ac­ter. A re­ally bad guy.”

Oliv­eras said he had be­come close with Or­tiz and that his son played bas­ket­ball and base­ball with Alanche.

Or­tiz paid the rent on time, worked hard and made sure her kids stud­ied, he said.

Oliv­eras said the boyfriend was such a creep that his 12-year-old son didn’t want to sleep be­cause he was scared Cruz might be com­ing back.

Alanche’s friend, Jan­car­los Mar­tinez, 18, who went to the same school as the teen and thought of him as a “lit­tle brother,” said his buddy was al­ways telling jokes.

“Even if he was sad in­side you couldn’t tell. It didn’t mat­ter how hard things were he would al­ways put up a smile,” Mar­tinez said.

The two at­tended high school at the Evan­der Childs Ed­u­ca­tional Cam­pus, and Alanche “wanted to make it out of the hood” and play base­ball,” Mar­tinez said.

Friends of Alanche stopped by the me­mo­rial out­side of the build­ing to pay their re­spects.

“It’s hard dy­ing one day be­fore your birth­day, not for him but for his fam­ily and friends,” Randy Mar­tinez said. “He knows we love him.”

An­other friend, Dian­ni­bel Cedano, 15, said Alanche never men­tioned trou­ble at home.

“It was rare that he spoke about his fam­ily and what was hap­pen­ing with him, but aside from that, we never saw Alanche sad or say­ing he had a prob­lem,” Dian­ni­bel said. “He was al­ways smil­ing, danc­ing. He was al­ways say­ing, ‘I want to get my li­cense, I want to play ball.’ ”

One of Alanche’s mid­dle school teach­ers from the Academy of Lan­guage and Tech­nol­ogy, Bianell De La Cruz, said the killing had im­pacted the en­tire high school. “The fact that he’s gone, un­der those con­di­tions, it got all of us. He was a good stu­dent, a good kid. And now he’s no longer with us.”

Hec­tor Cruz was killed Sun­day morn­ing by a Metro-North train hours be­fore bat­tered bod­ies of his girl­friend Marisol Or­tiz (be­low left in­set) and her son Alanche Del Orbe (be­low right in­set) were found in their Bronx apart­ment.

Body is re­moved Sun­day from Bronx build­ing where Marisol Or­tiz and her teenage son, Alanche Del Orbe (left) were found beaten to death. Or­tiz’s boyfriend, Hec­tor Cruz (be­low), jumped in front of a Metro-North train Sun­day and was killed. Loved ones of the vic­tims (right) try to cope with their grief out­side build­ing where pho­tos form part of a me­mo­rial.

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