A mother and daughter were killed late Tuesday night or very early Wednesday morning in a vicious attack in East Elmhurst, police said. A spokesman for the department said it appears that a hammer was used to bludgeon them.
The victims were Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter Lina Castaneda, 25, who both lived at 24-10 87 St., a little 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, Carlos Amarillo, was at the home and was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
The NYPD spokesman who said a hammer appears to have been the killer’s weapon, Det. James Duffy, said Wednesday morning that police are investigating what relationship Amarillo had with the victims.