2018-05-02 / Front Page

Corona Teen’s Death Ruled A Homicide

By Liz Goff
Police are seeking help from the public to help identify and locate the killer of a Corona teenager whose body was found in a marshy section of Kissena Park on April 24th.

The heartbroken parents of Andy Peralta, 17, said they want whoever killed their son brought to justice - and they wan to know why anyone would want to snuff out the life of their well-liked son. “I want the person who did this caught,” father Edgar Peralta said. “Why would anybody do such a thing?”

Peralta was last seen at about 6:45 p.m. on April 23rd, when he left his Corona home without saying where he was going. “He never made it back home,” a police source said. The teen’s mother told police she begged him not to leave. “She said she didn’t feel good about him to go out at night,” the police source said.

Peralta’s girlfriend told police that the teen sent her a text message on the evening of April 23rd, saying he was on his way to Flushing to do some cleanup work. Daylin Plaza, 16, told police that was the last time she heard from him.

A hiker discovered Peralta’s body at about noon on April 24th, in an overgrown, marshy section of Kissena Park. “It appeared that he had suffered severe head trauma,” the source said.

The city medical examiner ruled Peralta’s death was a homicide due to asphyxiation.

Peralta, a sophomore at Newtown High School, arrived in the U.S. from Ecuador three years ago and settled with his family in their Corona home. “He was good with computers,” Edgar Peralta said. “He was working toward a career in computers.”

Detectives at the 109th Precinct Squad and the Queens North Homicide Squad soured streets around Kissena Park for several days, searching for surveillance footage that might show him, or his killer, entering the park. Investigators are also seeking information on Peralta’s movements and whereabouts in the moments prior to his death.

Police are urging anyone with information to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.







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