A young man was found dead in the back of a taxi after a night out with friends before his bank accounts were emptied days later.
Julio Ramirez, a 25-year-old social worker, met with a friend in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York on April 20, 2022 and was found dead hours later.
Security footage taken in the early hours of April 21 shows Julio walking away from the Ritz Bar and Lounge, a gay dance club, with three unidentified men, his older brother Carlos Ramirez told NBC News.
Carlos, who spoke with investigators, learned that his brother and three men got into a taxi together at around 3:17 a.m.
About three miles from the venue and nearly an hour later, however, Julio was unresponsive and alone in the back seat of the vehicle.
The cab driver sought help from the NYPD at 4:10 a.m. on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, but the 25-year-old was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 4:49 a.m. on April 21, police sources said.
Julio’s phone and wallet were gone at the time of his death.
According to police sources, his original cause of death was a “possible drug overdose.”
The coroner told NBC News that an official cause and manner of death could take “at least a few weeks.”
An investigation is underway as key questions remain unanswered, such as who emptied Juilio’s bank accounts after his death.
Carlos, 32, shared how he tried to call his brother on the afternoon of April 21 and noticed his phone appeared to be off.
It wasn’t until April 22 that he learned his brother had died, a day he described as “the worst day of my life.”
On April 25, Carlos mysteriously noticed a changed Apple iCloud password and strange money transfers in his brother’s emails.
Carlos told NBC News, “They had literally taken every dollar he had, all his life savings and all his money.”
He estimated about $20,000 was taken from his brother through apps like Apple Pay and cell, although the NYPD did not confirm this claim to the news outlet.
Carlos, who hasn’t seen the security footage, suspects that Julio may have been drugged and robbed.
He also learned from investigators that in the footage, his brother stood alone outside the venue’s entrance for approximately 12 minutes before walking off with two unidentified men and eventually meeting the third unidentified man on their walk.
According to NBC News, Julio’s loved ones have taken to social media demanding “justice for Julio.”
A May 9 Instagram post read: “We urge you to raise awareness of the death of Julio Cesar Ramirez, give a voice to gay Latino men who are victims of crime in this city and.” to seek justice for the loved ones he left behind.
“Julio’s story needs to be heard.”
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