A mother and daughter were killed late Tuesday night or very early Wednesday morning in a vicious attack in East Elmhurst, police said. Broadcast media reports say their murderer may have used a hammer to kill them.
The victims were Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter Lina Castaneda, 25, who both lived at 24-10 87 St., less than a block away from Astoria Boulevard. They were slain at their home.
Police arrived at about 12:15 a.m. after receiving a report of an assault. Emergency Medical Services also responded and pronounced the victims dead at the scene. Both had suffered severe trauma to the head.
A 44-year-old man, whom police have not yet publicly identified, was at the home and was taken into custody without incident. Charges against him are pending, police said.
— Peter C. Mastrosimone