Bronx neighborhood where dead twin infants were found is used to violent crime, but not like this

Detectives put up wanted posters throughout the west Bronx community after twin infants were found in the rear of a College Avenue building Monday.
Photo by Alex Mitchell

Just a day after a west Bronx building superintendent called 911 upon seeing the horror of two twin, one-week-old infants lying dead on a patio, Crime Stoppers posters became draped throughout the area of a College Avenue building and its surrounding streets.

This area of Claremont, one that’s perched around various shelters is no stranger to violent crime, neighbors said.

One man who lived a few properties down from the now notorious building until a September fire ravaged his home, told of three nearby shootings from Fourth of July weekend, a time he referred to as “the weekend of death.”

Three neighbors residing on adjacent E. 171st Street live in a building where one of those July killings occurred – but even they said the infants’ murder is uncharacteristic for their block.

That same man who once lived next to the crime scene also claimed that no residents inside of the College Avenue building had ever appeared to be pregnant while he stayed there, suggesting that the responsible parties were possibly outsiders to the neighborhood.

Another mother who lives just south of College Avenue on Webster Avenue came by to see the crime scene herself while accompanied by her young daughter.

That woman said she saw first responders frantically rushing to the scene on Monday afternoon with an extremely noticeable sense of urgency – one which made her curious to peek into the now empty and police-less alleyways surrounding the building in question. 

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips online at, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.