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Cops Open Murder Investigation Five Years After Lower East Side Fight

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A Lower East Side woman could face murder charges five years after a fight sent her longtime friend into a coma.

The altercation happened Oct. 1, 2011 outside Superior Deli on Gouverneur Street. The victim, Edith Rodriguez, remained alive until this past spring, when she died. Last month, the Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide, according to a report today in the Daily News.

At the time of the attack, the District attorney declined to file charges against Hilda Gaston.  The two women, both residents of the Vladeck Houses, had been friends for 20 years, but had been feuding before the incident. Gaston is said to have punched Rodriguez, who fell backwards and hit her head on the concrete.

Police have reopened the investigation, but no charges have been filed as of yet.


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