Hunter College public safety officer killed in East Harlem explosion

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EAST HARLEM (PIX11) – One of the women killed in a massive explosion that leveled two East Harlem buildings has been identified as Hunter College Public Safety Sgt. Griselde Camacho.

Camacho, 44, died of her injuries after the blast at Park Avenue and 116th Street around 9:30 a.m.  A second victim, 67-year-old Carmen Tanco, was identified late Wednesday.  The third person killed in the blast, also a woman, has not yet been identified.

Camacho worked at the Silberman School of Social Work just three blocks away from her apartment building. Camacho’s supervisor was too distraught to speak with PIX11, but did say that the other peace officers at the school are utterly heartbroken.

Camacho’s mother also lives in the apartment on Park Avenue; she was taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition. Wednesday night a Facebook page was created in the memory of Sgt. Camacho, with family and friends leaving messages and calling her a hero.

Hunter Security Guard Killed


Hunter College issued the following statement:

“We are sad to report that, in an explosion that destroyed two buildings in East Harlem this morning, we have lost a member of the Hunter family. Sgt. Griselde Camacho, a public safety officer at Hunter since 2008, who worked in the Silberman School of Social Work building, died in the explosion. Our hearts go out to Griselde’s family at this terrible time.

We know this is a difficult time for all those who knew and worked with Sergeant Camacho, whether at the Silberman School or as part of the public safety office. All of you will be in our thoughts in the days ahead.

We will update the community soon about plans to hold a memorial and about where to send your condolences.”

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