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Man Accused Of Choking Woman To Death While Having Sex In Parking Garage Allegedly Told Friend ‘She Wanted’ It

Michael Gaffney, 21, allegedly choked Francis Garcia, 19, until she lost consciousness.

By Gina Tron
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A New Jersey man is accused of choking a teen girl to death while having sex with her in a parking garage.

Michael Gaffney, 21, of Maywood has been charged Saturday with reckless manslaughter in connection with the death of Francis Victoria Garcia, 19.

Garcia was found in the back of a car in a residential Hackensack parking garage Saturday shortly after 911 dispatchers received a call about an unresponsive female a little after 2 a.m., according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

An investigation into Garcia's death has allegedly “revealed that Garcia was in the rear seat of her vehicle with [Gaffney] at the time of her death. An autopsy determined that the death was caused by compression injuries to her neck.”

Gaffney is accused of causing those compression injuries while having sex with Garcia in the car, according to an affidavit obtained by NJ.com. The two were allegedly having sex for about 20 minutes before Gaffney choked her so hard she lost consciousness. Gaffney then contacted a group of friends who were close by for help.

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Gaffney and Garcia knew each other through mutual friends and they were at a gathering not far from the parking garage. At some point they broke away from their friend group, authorities said.

When a friend of the two came out to the parking garage, they said that Garcia’s lips were already purple, according to NJ.com.

"I choked her. She wanted to be choked," Gaffney allegedly told the friend, according to the affidavit, also obtained by North Jersey.com.

It’s not clear if Gaffney has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.

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