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New Jersey man charged over ‘rough sex’ death told police she ‘passed out while he was choking her’

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New Jersey man charged over ‘rough sex’ death of woman in a parking garage told police she ‘passed out while he was choking her during intercourse’

  • Francis Victoria Garcia, 19, was found dead in her car at a parking garage
  • Michael T. Gaffney, 21, was charged with reckless manslaughter on Saturday
  • He told police they were having sex for 20 minutes before he choked her 
  • They were said to have been at a loud Halloween party at the building 
  • An autopsy found Garcia had died of  ‘compression injuries to her neck’
  • Gaffney told police they had taken prescription drugs and had sex in her car  

Michael T. Gaffney, 21, was charged with reckless manslaughter after he allegedly popped pills and had rough sex with a woman after a Halloween party Friday night

Michael T. Gaffney, 21, was charged with reckless manslaughter after he allegedly popped pills and had rough sex with a woman after a Halloween party Friday night 

A New Jersey man who was charged in the death of a 19-year-old woman allegedly told police she passed out while he was choking her during rough sex.

Michael T. Gaffney, 21, and Francis Victoria Garcia, 19, were reportedly attending a loud Halloween party on the 14th floor of a high-rise in Hackensack, New Jersey, on Friday night.

Garcia was found dead in a car that was parked in a detached parking lot of the building at 2am on Saturday after medics rushed to the scene following a 911 call. 

Gaffney, of Maywood, New Jersey, was charged with reckless manslaughter Saturday, following an autopsy which determined the death of Garcia, of Bloomingdale, New Jersey, as ‘compression injuries to her neck,’ officials said.  

The 21-year-old told officials they were having sex for around 20 minutes before he put his hands around her neck. She then reportedly lost consciousness, according to NJ.com, citing the probable cause affidavit.

Gaffney told police he contacted a friend nearby to tell them Garcia was not breathing who came to the car and said her lips had turned purple.

Francis Victoria Garcia, 19, was found dead in her car in the parking garage attached to this luxury apartment building in Hackensack, New Jersey

Francis Victoria Garcia, 19, was found dead in her car in the parking garage attached to this luxury apartment building in Hackensack, New Jersey

Garcia was later found dead in a car that was parked in the top floor parking lot at the high-rise building. 

It was not immediately clear whether Garcia and Gaffney knew each other previously or if they’d just met at the party. 

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However Gaffney later told police the couple knew one another through mutual friends and had met at 4pm that day before heading to the party, according to the affidavit.  

Gaffney also allegedly told police that they had taken prescription medication prior to the incident.  

A view of the outdoor parking garage where Garcia's body was found Friday at about 2.14am

 A view of the outdoor parking garage where Garcia’s body was found Friday at about 2.14am

It was not clear whether had died from a bout of rough car sex or a drug overdose. Either way, her death had been deemed ‘suspicious.’ 

But the autopsy later found she had died of injuries to the neck.  

A law enforcement source told the Daily Voice that Garcia had bruises on her neck consistent with Gaffney’s claim. 

Gaffney is said to have told police he and Garcia were having sex when she lost consciousness. Garcia's car was found in the parking lot seen here, attached to the building

Gaffney is said to have told police he and Garcia were having sex when she lost consciousness. Garcia’s car was found in the parking lot seen here, attached to the building

Gaffney (pictured) is also said to have told authorities that he and Garcia took some prescription medication prior to her losing consciousness

Gaffney

Gaffney (pictured) is also said to have told authorities that he and Garcia took some prescription medication prior to her losing consciousness

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