The shocking discovery has sent a wave of sorrow and fear through the city-subsidized supportive housing building O’Sullivan, who was in the process of transitioning from man to woman, called home.
A friend described O’Sullivan’s body as being stretched out as if “on a cross,” her cell phone missing and her door locked, when police found her on October 25, 2019.
“You could taste death,” a neighbor said of the stench when the door was finally opened. “It’s not something you should be breathing in.”
The results of an autopsy are still pending further study, according to the city medical examiner. Police suspect O’Sullivan, 28, died of a medical condition or due to substance abuse, sources said.
One neighbor the Daily News it was an open secret that O’Sullivan smoked crack in her apartment. And McCutcheon said O’Sullivan was living with HIV and suggested it was well-known that O’Sullivan was doing sex work in her apartment.
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