Woman with rosary beads in throat dies; boyfriend hospitalized

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HIGHBRIDGE, the Bronx — A woman with rosary beads shoved down her throat is dead and her boyfriend hospitalized after being found naked and screaming about the devil on a Bronx street, officials said Wednesday.

Police investigate on Aug. 30, 2017, after a woman was found dead with rosary beads in her throat in the Bronx. (Anthony Dilorenzo/ PIX11)

Police responded to a 911 call for a woman who was having difficulty breathing around 5:25 p.m. Tuesday on Anderson Avenue, officials said.

The victim, Helen Hernandez, 33, was located in a building’s hallway, unconscious and unresponsive. EMS rushed the mother of three to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

A separate 911 about a naked man screaming in the street was made. Police had to taser him before he was hospitalized, police said.

A woman was found dead with rosary beads in her throat, and her boyfriend was hospitalized on Aug. 29, 2017, police said. (PIX11)

He was screaming about the devil, the NY Daily News reports.

Martha Carrasquillo, a close family friend who considers herself the Hernandez's aunt said, “She was a beautiful person. Regardless to whatever ups and downs we all go through, she had a beautiful heart." When questioned about the victim’s boyfriend, Carrasquillo said she didn't know much about him.

The man, who has been identified as 34-year-old Pierre Jones, and Hernandez had been dating for a few months, and he had a criminal history that included domestic violence with a previous partner, police said.