NEW YORK (CBS 2) – The boyfriend of a fashion designer found dead at an exclusive Manhattan hotel remains in jail without bail on Sunday morning.

Police are charging 24-year-old Nicholas Brooks with attempted murder and strangulation.

Police said Brooks choked his girlfriend, 33-year-old Sylvie Cachay, and then left her to die in a bathtub inside a room at the Soho hotel.

The victim’s brother said his sister’s death is a tragic loss for everyone who knew her.

“She was a person that touched many, many people. Very kind, incredibly loving, incredibly talented,” Patrick Orlando Cachay said. “She really was a shining star.”

Sources said the autopsy on Cachay was inconclusive. A spokesman for the Medical Examiner’s offices say more testing is needed to determine a cause of death. Toxicology tests are pending.

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