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Vigil held for twin baby boys found battered and dead in a New York alley a year ago


Unborn newborn twins found battered and dead in New York alley one year ago today remembered in vigil as police continue to seek answers

  • A vigil was held in the Bronx on Tuesday night for pair of twin boys who were found battered and dead a year ago
  • The boys Zeke and Zane, named by NYPD officers, were found in an alley off of College Avenue in Claremont on November 9, 2020 
  • The NYPD offered a $10,000 reward for anyone with more information on the identity of the killer or the boys’ mother
  • No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing  


A vigil was held in New York on Tuesday night for a pair of newborn twins that were found battered and dead a year ago.

Twin boys Zeke and Zane were found on November 9, 2020, abandoned in an alley off of College Avenue in the Claremont section of the Bronx.  

The NYPD had offered a $10,000 reward in an attempt to discover the identity of the boys’ killer and their mother.  

No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.  

A vigil was held Tuesday in the memory of twin baby boys Zane and Zeke, who were found battered and dead a year ago on November 9, 2020

The twin boys were found abandoned in an alley behind a six-story apartment building off of College Avenue in the Claremont section of the Bronx

The NYPD offered a $10,000 reward for anyone with more information on the identity of the killer or the boys' mother

The NYPD offered a $10,000 reward for anyone with more information on the identity of the killer or the boys’ mother

The officers had found the twin boys less than 12 hours after they were killed in the alley behind a six-story apartment building.

The building’s superintendent had found the bodies, which he initially thought were baby dolls.   

The unconscious babies were seen wearing diapers and wrapped in brown paper, according to CBS2.

The boys were taken to Bronx Lebanon Hospital where they were pronounced dead. 

Previous reports claimed that the boys had died after being strangled by their umbilical cords or after falling from the building, but those have been disputed.

The dead twins were found wearing diapers and wrapped in brown paper

The dead twins were found wearing diapers and wrapped in brown paper

Officers had questioned neighboring residents about the fatal attack and even took DNA samples

Officers had questioned neighboring residents about the fatal attack and even took DNA samples

Lt. William O’Toole said it appeared that they had been hit or suffered from purposeful blunt force trauma.

Officers had questioned neighboring residents about the fatal attack, including taking DNA samples.

They even checked hospital records in the state as well as in New Jersey to see if the mother may have sought medical attention after giving birth, but still had no luck. 

‘Everyone in the building, people cooperated, you always get a tip, you always get a family member, a relative, a stranger who says hey, we’ve had calls like that, this girl was pregnant, but we got there and we find her baby,’ O’Toole told ABC. 

‘Yeah, it is strange that a year later and nothing as come forward.’

A funeral was held for the boys in September at the Eternity Funeral Service

A funeral was held for the boys in September at the Eternity Funeral Service

The officers had named the boys Zeke and Zane after they had found them.  

‘One means God’s gracious gift, the other means God’s strength, I think that’s more for them so they keep that in their heads and they keep going forward,’ O’Toole said.

‘Any time we get a call we go out on it, and I’d just love to get a call.’

A funeral was held for the twins at Eternity Funeral Service in September.

They were placed together in a single white casket adorned with flowers, balloons, bows and teddy bears.

Both officers and local residents paid their respects to the young victims. 

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