Family of New York woman whose body was found in sleeping bag seeks justice

NEW YORK — Family and friends are speaking out after a woman’s body was found wrapped in a sleeping bag on a New York City street.

Yazmeen Williams was found shortly before 5 p.m. Friday on 27th Street between Second and Third Avenues. Police were initially called to a suspicious package on the sidewalk. They found a sleeping bag partially covered by a trash bag. They found the 31-year-old’s body inside.

Williams died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Police confirmed they have a person of interest in custody. Investigators were seen Monday night going in and out of a building around the corner from where Williams was found, though police sources say the exact location of the killing is unclear.

According to police sources, a man was seen on video pulling the bag on a motorized wheelchair. Several people said Williams was friends with a man who uses a wheelchair in the neighborhood where she grew up and lived nearby.

“We want justice for Yazzy”

A makeshift memorial was erected near where his body was found.

Williams was set to start a new job with the city’s Housing Preservation Department on Monday.

“She was so excited to live her life,” said her mother, Nicole Williams. “She got her degree in criminal justice. She went to Buffalo State University and she wanted to go back and become a lawyer.”

Williams had a twin brother and a younger sister.

“She always took good care of me and was always proud of me. She was the best sister I could have had and I love her so much. I just wish she could have stayed a little longer because I just wanted to grow up with her,” her little sister said.

“You could always see her on the Citi Bike. She had a beautiful voice,” one person said. “No one would have had any reason to hurt her like that.”

“She meant something to everyone she knew,” another said. “She truly loved life. I don’t know who could do that to her.”

“The longer the problem remains unaddressed or unsolved, the more it adds to people’s anxiety,” one man said.

“We want justice for Yazzy,” her mother said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip through their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPD TipsAll calls are confidential.