BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — A registered sex offender is in custody Tuesday being questioned in the slaying of a 23-year-old woman whose body was found in Brooklyn Bridge Park, police said.
Lamont Wright, 53, was taken into police custody Tuesday afternoon. Police have not yet named the charges against him.
Police received a 911 call about 9:30 p.m. Monday in the vicinity of Joralemon Street at Brooklyn Bridge Park. A parking attendant had heard the gunshot that ended Michelle Marks’ life. The 23-year-old had been shot in the head.
When officers arrived, they Marks on the sidewalk in front of 360 Furman St., a generally safe and well-lit area. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“She’s going to be missed. I wish I could just go get her and bring her back her home,” the victim’s mother Pauline Marks said.
Police sources told PIX11 News Marks may have been the victim of several domestic violence incidents involving Wright, who has 15 priors. Marks had intentions of obtaining an order of protection against Wright this week, PIX11 News has learned.
Marks was killed soon after she left her job at Fornino, a pizza restaurant at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Her colleagues there said she was more of a sister than a co-worker. They said she never discussed any personal issues and never talked about any potential problems with Wright.
Several of her friends and colleagues gathered Tuesday afternoon to pray and light candles in her memory, each saying work and life without their friend will never be the same.
“She was a beautiful young lady. She worked hard. We actually just pushed her up to some managerial skills. She’s been here for years and she’s a very trusted member of the family,” Marks’ boss Michael Ayoub said.