Cynthia Lopez Murder: Daniel Elias Allegedly Claims Self-Defense — 'She Tried to Stab Me. I Choked Her. Is She OK?'

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​If the relationship between Sunset Park couple Cynthia Lopez, 29, and Daniel Elias, 28, was as stormy as reported, its ending (her body was discovered shortly before 6 a.m. Monday, April 11) was all too predictable. But Elias got in the last word, accusing her of trying to stab him and then choking her to death in self-defense, according to info gathered by the Wall Street Journal.

Will Elias stick to that story? His family sure is.

"He's a great man and a great dad," Elias's mom, Elizabeth Morales, told the Daily News, which adds that his family claims that he killed her by accident.

Their daughter, Destiny, 7, was in another room when Lopez was slain, cops say via the Post. None of the four other people in the apartment at 561 50th Street in Brooklyn say they saw or heard anything.

But as the Post says:

A relative of Elias said there may have been a fight over the boyfriend's accusations that Lopez was cheating on him.

The relative said the pair had a stormy, off-and-on relationship.

The Daily News reports that Elias left the crime scene for a short time before returning and being arrested:

During his brief absence from the crime scene, Elias went to his aunt's home just four blocks away. He told the aunt, Marisol Lopez - no relation to the victim - that his girlfriend had been cheating. Then they started arguing.

"He said she charged at him with a knife and he choked her," the 44-year-old aunt recalled Elias saying.

"I gotta go," he told her. "I know I'm going to jail. I love you."

Then he ran out the door.


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PEACE11208
PEACE11208

IM JUST GOING TO SAY THIS-IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT HAPPEND IN THIS RELATIONSHIP NO-ONE DESEARVES TO DIE IN THE HANDS OF SOMEONE ELSE. THAT IS ONLY FOR GOD TO DECIDE- SO FOR DANIEL ELIAS I HOPE HE ROTS IN HELL FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE FOR HIS SELFISH ACT. TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE A RIGHT- AND FOR THE FAMILY MEMBER OF MR. ELIAS MS.BORN2BSEXE69 YOUR A GHETTO FUCKIN' PEICE OF SHIT. HOW CAN YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT CALLING A WOMAN WHO IS NO LONGER ON THIS EARTH BECAUSE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBER A :WHORE: YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF. YOU ARE CLEARLY SHOWING THAT YOU HAVE ZERO CLASS AND THAT IS THE MAIN REASON WHY DESTINY IS NOT WITH THE FATHERS FAMILY SO STFU. I HOPE SOME BIG BLACK MAN WITH AIDS IS RAPING THE SHIT OUT OF DANIEL AS WE SPEAK-I HOPE CINDY HAUNTS YOU IN YOUR SLEEP.NO ONE IS PERFECT BUT ALL CINDY CARED ABOUT WAS HER DAUGHTER-NOT HER ABUSIVE PEICE OF SHIT BOYFRIEND WHO ALL HE DID WAS PLAY VIDEO GAMES LIKE A 5YEAR OLD. I PRAY FOR THE DAY THIS LIL BOY-COWARD!! GET LIFE IN JAIL. CINDY BROUGHT JOY AND HAPPINESS TO EVERYONE SHE KNEW SHE HAD MANY FRIENDS SHE DID NOT ASK FOR THIS. CINDYS LIFE WILL NOT BE IN VAIN!! GOD BLESS EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED HER FAMILY & PRAYED FOR HER DAUGHTER WHO IS BEING RAISED THE RIGHT WAY NOW. AS FOR THE ELIAS FAMILY I WILL PRAY FOR YOU ALSO.PRAY THAT YOUR BELOVED DANIEL ELIAS GETS WHAT HE DESEARVES.

twin
twin

I knew him for years.....all ya people judging him are just FUCKIN retarded he never laid a hand on her till that morning....and all ya sayin that he could of just ran out the house must of never been in that type of situation......your first reaction is to protect yourself not run......yea its fucked up that she is gone and I send my condolences to her fam. But don't talk Shit about something ya know nothin about

Pguttarjr
Pguttarjr

I need to see proof. Can't beleave he would do somthing like this. I work with Daniel for 3yrs all he talk about was his kid and wife he worked hard to feed his family. But jealous can change a person no one life should be taking over some one cheating, it's hard but it would of been better to walk away thing would of went a diffrent route. Daniel is a good hearted person but this is wrong if it's true.

sunset defender
sunset defender

You are not family,you are a piece of shit.You are related to the junkie family.

Have you ever choked someone until they were unconscious ?

Have you ever choked someone until they are dead?

When you choke some one to death is not instant.She is a petite girl who worked 2 jobs.Dan was way bigger than her and he over powered her.Dan was a loser with no job.Pizza the hutt or the junkie do not work either and are the type of people who live of the system and others.

THERE WAS NO KNIFE RECOVERED AT THE SEEN OF THE CRIME,THE STORY ABOUT THE KNIFE IS COMPLETELY FABRICATED BY DAN AND HIS JUNKY FAMILY.THAT FAG HAD NO KNIFE WOUNDS OF ANY KIND AND THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SCUMBAG WILL COME OUT WHEN THE TRIAL COMES.

HE KILLED HER,END OF STORY.

25 to life motherfucker.

Sunset Sin's
Sunset Sin's

OK My Only Thought is If you chase a Cop with a Knife what would happen? you would get Shot with out a thought about family or kids or anything, i Know two wrongs don't make a right but its human nature if you feel harmed you retaliate.

I mean think about it Daniel was wrong for killing, but you put your self in his shoes if someone was chasing you with a knife would you think about there family and kids No your busy worried about you own life.

Remember this! A Cop would shoot you knowing your kids are watching. as-well they will never pay a price for being murders or feel guilt.

I know what your going to say! but Daniel was not a cop, your right he was not but like i said its human nature to react in the way he did.

P.S. RIP Cynthia , as well my prays go out to you Daniel, I remember standing Every morning while he opened the gate to were he worked while he told me about big fights he had with the wife, I never thought he would kill her but if you knew Daniel on a personal level you would know that the relationship was not getting better. He Loved Cynthia to much to hurt her thats why i know it was not intentional......

Not to Throw This in the Air but As i was told before the fight started she was out clubbing and got home around 3-4am Drunk, not asking to ignore the facts but Look at all the Different events that happen to lead up to that action....

N.K.D
N.K.D

God bless both families but IMO you come at me with a knife with the intent of inflicting harm on me including my kid/s in the home. Im sure I would probably be acting on instinct and thats to do to them b4 they do to me or my family. You better believe ill say its self defense. A person just charged at me with a knife. How would i know what else their going to do or what their capable of at that moment? How the other person ends up well i"m sorry to say live or dead its all about what the situation called for. Im not saying this is what happened but anyone whose anyone knows that people are always saying if your going to do something than do it. I know a lot of people who are always thinking there big and bad and when the nasty hits the fan its a different story. Anyone can call the people either a victim,murderer,killer what ever. In the end their all victims and him being now a called a killer is just because he has killed someone. What about police officers or anyone of higher standing in this society or just some regular person was defending another person which happens to kill someone in order to save the other or even a group of people. What makes them deserve to be called a hero or killer? How is it really decided upon. If you are going to stay looking at life as if its black and white and not realize there is really a grey then your going to forever be labeling things wrong without truly looking at the bigger picture.

Browneyedpixie
Browneyedpixie

She was my friend I worked with her n can't believe she's gone

roughnecksoldier
roughnecksoldier

man i was bitting my teeth should i post some thing but i knew cynthia from sunset and i knew daniel ....no man has the fucking right to put there hands on a women... i live my knowing i wouldnt want my mother my sisters my daughters to ever have to deal with shit because i will be in rikers island...A real man wouldnt let his fucking women come home at 430 knowing she with the next guy if she was......proof he killed her left his daughter alone in the house while her mother layed dying in that house all he had to do is step off get a haircut and make money meet the next one and take care of his daughter...shes the real victim should of mind my business but your guys are putting all this shit out so people could read

Clovesu21
Clovesu21

I also when to school with cynthia Lopez no one deserve to die:( she was the sweetest girl I knew! NO MATTER WHAT PROBLEMS THEY HAD HE SHOU.D OF WALKED AWAY!!! NOW THERE LIL GIRL IS MOTHERLESS AND HER FAMILY IS WITH OUT AN DAUGHTER SISTER NIECE AND COUSIN !! HER FRIENDS ARE WITHOUT A LOVING SWEETHEART LIKE HER E VERYONE IS A VICTIM IN THIS SITUATION !!!

Wdrivera
Wdrivera

Well no one should judge! None of you were there! So my prayers to both families.

Javiey444
Javiey444

my name is jose javier cadiz.... i went to junior high school with him .... he was one of my best friends at the time...he anit the type to kill someone like that...i wanna see proof !!!

Lisaand5
Lisaand5

He is a piece of SHIT. How is he claiming self defense? He could of just ran out the door if she was "running after him with a knife". He is just a jerk. And he should spend the rest of his life in jail. He should of thought about their daughter first. R.I.P Cynthia Lopez

Vero
Vero

Its very very sad what has happened. I knew both of those kids and I knew what Cindy was about because I hung out with her. I will not make any comments on her actions, but I do know for the most he was the a very involved dad in his daughters life, in the end both families are suffering, Destiny has no PARENTS any longer.  Only God knows what happen that night. May God bless Destiny in many ways.  God Bless US ALL<

JUSTICE
JUSTICE

OBVIOUSLY YOU DONT KNOW MUCH!!!..HE USED TO HAVE HEATED ARGUMENTS ALL THE TIME, AND FOR MOST PART IT BECAME VIOLENT..SO YOU DID NOT KNOW HIM AS WELL AS YOU THINK YOU DO

Vero
Vero

Whats  a Pizza the hutt?

Tai1257
Tai1257

Sunset, please email me at tai1257@msn.com 

Born2bsexe69
Born2bsexe69

btw if the family are junkies..then why is his daughter with the fam? if the fam is soo bad then why did cindy disappear for days and leave her daughter with those type pf ppl..tells alot about what type of mom she was right...lolz...i laugh at u..ur worthless...just like ur words.

Sunset Sin's
Sunset Sin's

Not defending anyone But No one should talk till the trail goes threw..... I only said if the case is that she charged him with a knife that would be my thought....So don't be a child read then write And Facts are He work in a Game Store Located in 47th street 5th ave He worked there for 5 years then quit to work in a Hospital as a Clean up Staff Worker so Facts are he worked Took care of the Child and Left Work Early Because the Child was left with his sister at times.......

If he is Found Guilty i take everything back. For now Its my Opinion So Fuck off

PS: I'm Not Family And Not Friends Just Someone that Knew him & From time to time Talked

Defending Only what i Know.

PEACE11208
PEACE11208

THAT DOES NOT JUSTIFY HIM BEING A MURDERER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! POINT BLANK

Javiey444
Javiey444

i like the way you came off girl ... good one

N.K.D
N.K.D

Yup. I know them both. And its nice to see someone who gets it.

Sunset Sin's
Sunset Sin's

I Understand this 100% If he would have not done that then we would be saying fatherless He did what is human nature.....Nothing More Nothing Less Do we like the outcome No, i don't like the fact that Cynthia is not with us anymore and no i don't like the fact that destiny is by her self and no i don't like that Daniel is in jail and is getting called a murderer for defending him self can we change anything No...

I hope Daniel Gets Out Someday Not soon but i hope he does, that girl need a father as much as she needed mommy.

God Bless Cynthia,Daniel,Destiny and family of those Suffering my prays are with all of you.....

Justice
Justice

to all of you that are commenting...why didn't he call 911 if he was so concerned..instead of running to his aunts house!!!...he is a coward and a murderer and deserves to rot in jail for the rest of his life!!..you guys have the facts all wrong...

Born2bsexe69
Born2bsexe69

ur correct..i agree..no one deserves death..and he dhould have controlled himself..but unfortunely no one will ever know what really happened...all i know is that there is a 7 yr old little girl that has no parents and cant fully understand what happened..my heart goes out to Destiny.

Lisaand5
Lisaand5

The point is that he killed her. Are u serious u want proof? Fuck the proof the motherfucker is guilty and I hope he rots in jail. And I also hope that he gets fucked up everyday that goes by.

jonathan santos
jonathan santos

its crazy wat a man can do when he finds out his wifes cheating on him....i feel for both familys....

Born2bsexe69
Born2bsexe69

no one knows the whole story. so if u wanna call him a piece of shit..maybe u can call her a whore!. Stop judging UR not GOD. Its easy to say what u would do or should do when its not u in that heat of the moment. Alot went on that no one knows yet u all have alot to say.

Tracy Alicea
Tracy Alicea

I know this incident happened 4 months ago but I am a relative who has been out of touch for many years and I just found out.  Do you know how I can get ahold of her father or brother?  I am heartbroken if this is the Cindy I think it is.  Maria

blondie
blondie

Your words are the ones that are worthless,  from what I've heard the daughter is not with his family anymore..thank God...at least now she has a fighting chance.  yeah they care so much about her..that i heard that the sister moved back where her bastard brother murdered the mother....who the hell does that????...CLASSLESS PIECES OF SHIT ALL YOU CARE ABOUT IS WHERE YOUR GONNA GET YOUR NEXT HIGH FROM OR YOUR NEXT FUCKING DRINK..ITS MY UNDERSTANDING THATS ALL YOU BUNCH OF CLASSLESS MOTHER FUCKERS DO!!!

justice
justice

You have no right to speak of cindy as a mother..she loved her daughter!..and I know for a fact that danny was nothing but obsessed over Cindy and the fact is thats why he killed her. he is a coward and Justice will prevail!!..I pray he is tormented for the rest of his life!!!

sunset defender
sunset defender

they got the kid the same way the department of child welfare saved that girl that was starved by her mom....o wait they did not save her.

justice
justice

THE CHILD WAS LEFT WITH THE SISTER, BECAUSE CINDY WORKED HER ASS OFF TO TRY AND GET THEM OUT OF THE SHIT HOLE THEY LIVED IN

Maimo
Maimo

I knew of him from his job at the hospital &he always left early bcuz his daughter was left hime alone again. He could have handled his rage in a different manner but unfortunately he let his rage get the best of him & snapped. She didn't deserve to die but she came at him with a knife trying to kill him while their daughter was in the house. Very sad situation but the only victim I see is the daughter.

sunset defender
sunset defender

You are not family,you are a piece of shit.You are related to the junkie family.

Have you ever choked someone until they were unconscious ?

Have you ever choked someone until they are dead?

When you choke some one to death is not instant.She is a petite girl who worked 2 jobs.Dan was way bigger than her and he over powered her.Dan was a loser with no job.Pizza the hutt or the junkie do not work either and are the type of people who live of the system and others.

THERE WAS NO KNIFE RECOVERED AT THE SEEN OF THE CRIME,THE STORY ABOUT THE KNIFE IS COMPLETELY FABRICATED BY DAN AND HIS JUNKY FAMILY.THAT FAG HAD NO KNIFE WOUNDS OF ANY KIND AND THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SCUMBAG WILL COME OUT WHEN THE TRIAL COMES.

HE KILLED HER,END OF STORY.

25 to life motherfucker.

Lisaand5
Lisaand5

Whore or not ain't no need for her to be 6 feet under cause he wanted to play god. Fuck what the story is he's a killer. When he goes to jail I hope they teach him a big lesson. Ain't no need for a 7 year old girl now to be motherless. How the fuck u know what I went through? Cynthia was a friend of mine I could care less if u feel that way. Cause obviously ur the ignorant one.

Lexilove
Lexilove

Wow ur either a DICK or just IGNORANT !!! with ur remark. are u kidding me he beat her and killed her . do u kno the whole story cuz u sound as if u was in the other room sleeping with his family 2.,..u sound just like him a KILLER!!!

Javiey444
Javiey444

john o shit.... cant believe i found you on this loll

Born2bsexe69
Born2bsexe69

LMAOOO....taking it kind of personal huh, lolz...Daniel did have a job..he worked in maimonides 2nd of all Cindy is bigger than Daniel..he is small..so i think u just like to hear urself talk u little fucker...maybe ur the one on welfare..oh wait how do u know what it is to choke someone...maybe u will be joining him on his 25 to life u ghetto fuck. Talk about shit u know and stay out of business that u dont know shit about. BTW she did work...but her OT was fucking other niggas...

Tai1257
Tai1257

Born2b, please email me at tai1257@msn.com  . 

Born2bsexe69
Born2bsexe69

Lisaand5 ur 100% correct...no one deserves to die..but in sensitive cases like this it doesnt help when ppl wanna piece there own story together. Ive known her for over 10 yrs...shes fam. she isnt perfect, he isnt perfect no one is. I wasnt there when it happened, neither was u. This is a unfortunate horror that happened that should never have happened. When ppl r in the heat of the moment sometimes they snap..it doesnt excuse it...should he do jail time..of course..unfortuntely he has to answer to god n his daughter...because now she has no mother..he has to live with that guilt that regret. They fought all the time. He didnt even know if she was really died..he asked the officers when he told them where he was n to come get him if she was ok...if he meant to murder her he wouldve not asked it because he wouldve known. Again..im not condoning this violence...i just wish ppl would stop thinking that they know the whole story just because they read a few newspaper articles. Both families are mourning...and instead of posting stupid shit..maybe we should reach out to the families and give our support. No labels are needed..until we become GOD..dont Judge. Remember one thing..this can happen in ur back yard with someone in ur fam and i bet u would be thinking different. Today is her funeral...May she RIP and may god guide there little girl...thats the only thing that matters now

Born2bsexe69
Born2bsexe69

lexilove..u can go fuck urself, because i do know the story, im family and if u would know the reports she had no marks on her other than her neck. Some papers say he stabbed her after he choked her...what a fuckin lie...she had no blood on her. Cindy was the type of woman to charge and to go all up in his face..happened plenty of times in there rocky relationship. Everyone says Oh i went to school with her..who the fuck cares..doesnt make u know her..she has been with lots of other men throughout the relationship with Daniel thats why they have been on n off for yrs. She was with her other man that same night n then came home to daniel at 4:30 in the morning to sleep in his bed...OH wait she has a daughter..WTF is she thinking..OH wait..she didnt..because if she was, she wouldnt be coming home at that time when she has a daughter that has to go to school that morning..BUT wait!!! she always did that. She disappeared for days all the time..and left her daughter where? So dont fuckin tell me u know her...and dont fuckin tell me he beat her..and plz dont imply that his family knew he was killing her because if they heard anything they wouldve stopped it..anyone would. If his family was so bad why do they have his daughter right now..Maybe because there the only ones that ever took care of her when her mother used to disappear...No one deserves to die...put dont fucking judge ppl..u arent god u ignorant fuck. I bet if it was ur family u wouldnt be talking all that shit. Daniel doesnt even have a criminal record.

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