NEW details are emerging in the case of the two bodies found in a burning car, revealing the deaths were not accidental.
The bodies of Jesse Parrilla and Nikki Huang were found in a burning car near a golf course in the Bronx just after 4am on May 16.
Both victims suffered from fatal gunshot wounds, according to a medical examiner.
The two victims were so badly burned they could not be identified for days.
Parrilla and Huang both suffered gunshot wounds to the head. He also was found with a wound to the chest while she had a second gunshot to the neck.
Ballistic evidence was recovered from inside and outside the vehicle, according to cops.
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Investigators are calling the deaths a homicide.
A suspect has not yet been identified, and a motive for the shooting has not yet been revealed.
The Honda Accord in which the two were found was registered to Parrilla’s mother, Michelle Morales, وفقا ل New York Daily News.
“They must have kidnapped him. I believe they still have his phone,” Morales told the Daily News.
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“They brought him there and set it on fire to make it look like an accident.
“I have no idea who would do this. He was my only son.”
Parrilla, 22, was a basketball player from the Bronx. He played point guard at Genesee Community College located upstate.
Huang, 23, owned a nail salon in Chinatown called Nails by Nikki.
A makeshift memorial has been set up outside of her parents’ مطعم, Wa Lung Kitchen, down the street from the salon.
“She needed a ride and she called him, but I don’t know how they ended up in the Bronx,” Morales said.
“He was home all that day, and he was supposed to meet me. He didn’t show, and I called and called but he didn’t pick up…. They shot him twice. They assassinated him.”
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“I want justice,” Morales said.
“He was a fine, محب, giving young man and a wonderful son.”