The real name of a girl known as “Baby Hope,” who was murdered and packed in a cooler in 1991 and only recently identified, was engraved on her tombstone and unveiled at a New York City cemetery memorial service on Friday, police said.
Family members and law enforcement officials attended the grave dedication for 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo at St. Raymond’s Cemetery, said New York Police Department spokesman Sgt. John Buthorn.
The extraordinary brutality of the Baby Hope case shocked New Yorkers as news accounts cited investigators’ findings about her final days.
Her bound, asphyxiated body was found packed under soda cans inside a cooler along a Manhattan highway in July 1991. She had been starved and sexually abused in the days preceding her death, investigators said.
New York detectives on the case for years had called the nameless child “Baby Hope” and paid for her funeral and burial when no one came forward to identify her.