Father Accused In Bronx Fire, Fatal Stabbing Dies At Hospital

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police said the father accused in a fatal Bronx fire and stabbing died Wednesday night after succumbing to his injuries at Westchester Medical Center.

Vincente Cordero, 34, had been charged with murder and arson after his wife was found stabbed to death in an apartment fire that also left the couple’s 1-year-old daughter dead.

Police said Kety Sanchez, 30, was stabbed by Cordero, who then lit the apartment on fire in an apparent murder-suicide attempt, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones with more details on the Bronx tragedy

Police officials initially thought Cordero had died in the fire.  He was revived at the hospital before passing away Wednesday night.

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Chopper 2HD over the scene of the fire

The 1-year-old girl, Keity Cordero, was pronounced dead at the scene after she was found face-down in a crib in the bedroom.  Sanchez was pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital.

It happened just before 8 a.m. Wednesday in a fifth floor apartment of the six-story building on the corner of 183rd and Morris Avenue. Firefighters arrived at the scene in three minutes and brought the blaze under control in about a half-hour.

“They were very heavy.  It looked like the whole apartment was going to take off.  The windows hadn’t failed yet,” said FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Kevin Butler.

Fire officials said two children had already gone to school and a grandmother was able to get out.

“We got into the apartment and we got into the living room which is immediately outside that bedroom that was fully involved,” Butler said.

Neighbor Eric Carpio, 20, said he ran into the burning apartment but was unable to open the bedroom door.

“When I got to the bedroom, the bedroom door was locked,” Carpio told CBS 2’s John Slattery. “I just broke the door – when I broke the door was a lot of fire and smoke.”

Carpio said the intense flames kept him from getting inside, and he could hear only a man, identified by neighbors as Vincente Cordero, screaming.

One woman said she is a sister of one of the two adults who perished.

“They’re nice people, nice people, that’s it,” she said.

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  1. Joyce says:

    Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?
    REPENT, BELIEVE THE WORD OF GOD AND OBEY AND BE SAVED!!!! EVERYONE DIES, BUT IF WE DIE IN OUR SINS AS THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, HOW CAN WE LIVE? (INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE). LORD JESUS, PLEASE HAVE MERCY ON US ALL – REMEMBER THE FAMILY OF THE SOULS YOU CALLED. COMFORT THEM IN THIS HORRIFIC TRAGEDY. WE NEED YOU LORD JESUS, SAVE US BUT THE MORE. IN JESUS NAME, AMEN!!!!

    1. Eileen says:

      Yes, I agree – let’s pray for all of those affected by this horrific tragedy.

  2. G2kr2 says:

    Shame the so called ‘Father of the year” didn’t live to be haunted about what he did to his wife and baby! ya wanna kill yourself, do it, don’t take others with you, may you rest in he!! Vincente!

  3. Sassy Fighter says:

    The real truth is that he will walk or at most, get a slap on the wrist. Judges don’t care if women and children die, they get a week if even that after the judge secretly commutes their sentence, but take a car from a man and get 36 years. I t happens in Virgina and New York every day, as in every state. This is the reason for the Million Moms March on Washington on Mothers Day, May 8, 2011. If you do not take part, you have no right being outraged.

    1. TM says:

      Sassy, the real ‘truth’ is that he’s DEAD. So I can tell you that he will not be walking anywhere or getting a slap on the wrist by anyone (maybe some necrophiliac,) but other than that, no, he is DEAD. Learn to read the article….

  4. Nobody's Home says:

    Think he’ll ever tel “Why” he did it. A print or a quote from the father probably woud have put an end to most of the stupid quotes on here.

    1. So Sad says:

      Do you really think anything he ‘quotes’ can justify what he did?
      Unfortunately it happens all too often😦

  5. LISA says:

    GROSS ASSUMPTION THAT THEY WERE FOREIGNORS! AMERICANS LIGHT FIREWORKS ON JULY 4TH AND MANY PEOPLE GO TO EMERGENCY ROOMS WITH INJURIES. EVERY CULTURE HAS ITS TRADITIONS. YOU SOUND SADLY IGNORANT AND YES I’M AN AMERICAN BORN CITIZEN….

    1. Susan says:

      Lisa –what are talking about? This has nothing to do with citizenship status. What does being a foreigner have to do with anything??? I’m sure your parents, grandparents or ancestors were once immigrants in America. Stop wasting space for unnecessary comments–this is bigotry.

      1. Lisa says:

        susan, my comment was in response to someone earlier who had stated something about foreignors who light candles to their saints and cause fires and that this was probably the cause of the fire. I reported their comment and the people who man this blog must have removed it, thus explainly why it didnt’t make sense to you. Lesson to be learned if something doesn’t sound right you should refrain from making judgements because I was sticking up for “foreignors”. I could never be a bigot as I am bi-ethnic and bi-racial.

  6. adriannamackey says:

    no one should die like this the baby and the mother
    why dint he just kill him self
    nad let the baby and mother live

  7. LESLIE says:

    WHAT A SAD STORY. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE LITTLE GIRL & HER MOTHER

  8. john says:

    It’s horrific how many people have died in fires since Mike Bloomberg reduced staffing on engine companies in the busiest parts of the city. I wonder what will happen to the youth of New York when he lays off teachers instead off stopping corruptly expensive and wasteful projects like citytime and U.C.T.

    1. TL says:

      Its horrific that you make a comment out of left field that is REMOTELY related to the article. Grow up and fight your battle elsewhere. Stop crying. You make me want to go pro-Bloomberg if this is where you plan to stage your argument.

  9. the bandid says:

    what a tragedy, sorry for the family, but a can of gasoline in a close place is a invitation to a tragedy, and it happen. may they all res in peace

  10. Stephanie Rios says:

    wow

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