Trans woman confesses to stabbing father and sister in failed robbery attempt in Bensonhurst

A shocking case of domestic violence in Brooklyn has left a father dead and a sister in critical condition. Nikki Secondino, a 22-year-old trans woman, has been arrested for the crime.
  1. Nikki Secondino, a 22-year-old trans woman, has been arrested for stabbing her father and sister in Brooklyn, New York.
  2. Secondino initially blamed the attack on a pair of alleged home invaders but later admitted to the crime.
  3. Detectives are investigating the incident, and Secondino has been charged with manslaughter, attempted murder, and weapon possession.

Nikki Secondino, a 22-year-old trans woman, was arrested after confessing to stabbing her father to death and seriously injuring her younger sister and herself to fake a violent robbery yesterday at her Brooklyn (NYC) home.

According to police, Secondino initially blamed the attack on a pair of alleged home invaders who allegedly entered her home at 5:50 a.m. Thursday, killing her father, Carlo Secondino, 61, and her sister Liana (19). The incident occurred at the family’s home on 17th Avenue near 82nd Street in the Bensonhurst neighborhood.

But last night, after parts of her story didn’t add up, Nikki admitted to the crime, according to sources. She was charged with manslaughter, attempted murder, and criminal possession of a weapon. Detectives are still investigating what led to the violent crime.

A 61-year-old neighbor who asked not to be identified was the first person in the building to respond to the father’s calls for help. She saw blood splattered throughout the hallway and heard his dying screams in the pre-dawn hours.

“I heard like wrestling, fighting,” the neighbor told the Daily News. “I heard the father. He pleaded with me, ‘Please call the police!’…The front of his chest, right there, was saturated with red like he was wearing a red vest.”

Nikki then banged on the woman’s door in an attempt to get her to come out. The terrified woman called 911 and waited in her apartment without opening it.

The neighbor said there was a contentious relationship between the father and the older daughter, Nikki, who is transgender. “Every time they argued, there was banging…Because the walls are just plaster, I heard everything.”

Although they apparently did not have a good relationship, the father “Supported her 100%” in her sex change operation two years ago, said Yadira Gómez (47), a father’s co-worker. And so says Nikki in a long video posted on Youtube in 2020.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, while both daughters were hospitalized: Liana was in critical condition due to stab wounds. Nikki also suffered minor cuts.

A window inside the house was broken from the inside, which contradicted the story of a burglary, according to the police source at the scene. And there were no signs of forced entry inside the apartment located above a plumbing shop on 17th Ave. near 82nd St., according to the police source on the scene.

Detectives found no surveillance video outside the home to back up the home invasion story, and Nikki had cuts on her hand consistent with a knife that slipped during the stabbing, sources said.

There was no large amount of cash or drugs at the crime scene, and the victims had no criminal records. Nikki said nothing to reporters as she was driven from the 62nd Precinct in Bensonhurst last night. Her arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court is pending.

In another case of extreme domestic violence, a man was arrested this week on suspicion of running over and stabbing his wife in front of their three children in Queens.

Last month at a home in Queens, a young man killed three women in his family, including his grandmother, with whom he reportedly had a very good relationship. And in the summer, an immigrant actor beat his wife with a hammer before throwing her from a 6th-floor window in the Bronx and then jumping out himself while his two youngest children were in the apartment.

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