Remains of Pleasantville man found in the Bronx
A local family is mourning the death of their 22-year-old son, whose remains were found stuffed into trash bags inside the vestibule of a Bronx building over the weekend.
The superintendent of the apartment building on Barnes Avenue found the body parts of the victim, identified as John Hopkins Drago. Police say Drago was stabbed in the neck and head multiple times before being dismembered.
?It's a tragic thing for some young person who's been given an opportunity to come here and dying like that right before Christmas,? says neighbor Marguerite Andersen.
According to authorities, the victim was adopted from Russia by Eddie and Ann Marie Hopkins Drago, of Pleasantville, during his pre-teen years along with his sister, Marie. They joined their younger brother, Patrick, who had already been adopted by the couple a few years earlier.
The victim?s relatives say Hopkins Drago was having trouble adapting to the American culture, so he came to the Bronx to live with his uncle and finish high school. When Hopkins Drago?s uncle passed away, he ended up on the streets. According to Hopkins Drago?s family, he became a drug addict and a thief.
The Hopkins Dragos say although they cannot prove it, they believe their adopted son was involved in a recent burglary that targeted their house.
Investigators are hoping video recordings from the surveillance cameras installed inside the building where the man?s body parts were discovered will help them identify and arrest the person responsible for Hopkins Drago?s death. The victim?s relatives claim they know who killed their son and are cooperating with police.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.