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Buffalo Police arrest man and woman in fatal beating of Hertel Avenue woman

Buffalo Police reported late Monday that they have charged a man and a woman with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the fatal beating of a woman in the 800 block of Niagara Street on Aug. 1.

Arrested were Freddie Cortez, 22, and Michelis Romero, 23, Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said.

They are accused in the fatal attack on Jessica Garcia, 39, of Marina Vista apartments on Hertel Avenue, on Niagara Street near Massachusetts Avenue, according to Buffalo Police.

Garcia, the mother of three daughters between the ages of 16 and 22, was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where she died on Aug. 2.

DeGeorge said the arrests resulted from an investigation led by Detective Sgt. Bill Cooley.

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