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50-year-old woman found hacked to death in Queens, NY home, Thursday morning
Maria Palaguachi was discovered hacked up in her bedroom by her daughter
Neice, Elizabeth Sanchez, 30, is charged with the brutal murder
Sanchez faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted
Maria Palaguachi1Victim: Maria Palaguachi allegedly hacked to death in her bedroom by her neice
Palaguachi, 50, was pronounced dead on the scene after authorities discovered her wounded body at a home on 174th Street in Rochdale on Thursday morning.

Remains of Maria Palaguachi taken from the family home in Queens NY, Thursday.jpgRemains of Maria Palaguachi taken from the family home in Queens NY, Thursday

Investigators say Palaguachi was struck in the head, neck and shoulder. Her body was initially found by her daughter. Palaguachi’s daughter discovered her stabbed body inside her bedroom around 11 a.m. Thursday, police said. Investigators recovered the bloody cleaver.
Sanchez, who also goes by Digna Sanchez-Ortiz, is charged with murder and faces 25 years to life in prison, said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Authorities did not say what sparked the brutal attack , but police were called to the home for domestic disputes seven times in recent years.

Maria Palagauchi4.png Police activity as EMTs arrive at the family home

Neighbor Michael Simpson, 40, said doesn’t know Sanchez, and there was an estimated 50 people inside the house at all times.
“There’s a lot of people coming and going all the time,” Simpson said. “It’s a big family. It’s like six or seven kids. Their house is a revolving door.”



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