NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The trial of a man accused of killing a Manhattan fashion designer began on Friday. The victim’s boyfriend is accused of strangling the young woman, but his defense attorney said the evidence doesn’t add up.READ MORE: Storm Watch: Officials Hoping To Avoid Repeat Of Ida With Preparations For Nor'easter
“It’s terrible. I don’t have words to say the tragedy we have had,” Sylvia Cachay, the woman’s mother, told CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell on Friday.
Her parents faced Sylvie’s accused killer, Nicholas Brooks, 26, in court on Friday as prosecutors detailed how he allegedly strangled and drowned the swimsuit designer at the exclusive SoHo House Hotel.
Cachay’s body was found partially clothed and submerged in a bathtub in December 2010.
“I cannot even say how cruel this moment has been in my life,” Sylvia said.
Prosecutors have described Brooks as an unemployed opportunist who used the Peruvian woman to fund his lavish lifestyle and marijuana habit.