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Dismembered Bronx Woman Had Child With Down Syndrome, Friends Say

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Friends say the Bronx woman whose dismembered body was found in four separate bags on the street Tuesday morning was a kind woman and mother of three, including one young child with Down Syndrome. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.

Shock and disbelief were all friends of murdered Bronx mother of three Tanya Byrd could muster after learning of her death.

"It's gruesome. How could somebody even think to kill them, but yet cut up their body parts and just throw them away like they're garbage," friend Makeda Bennett said.

Sources told NY1 that it was Byrd's body parts that were found in four separate bags left on the streets in the Melrose and Morrisania sections of the Bronx early Tuesday morning.

Those who knew Byrd, 45, say she was a good person to have as a friend.

"She always had a pretty smile for everybody, always helped everybody out," Bennett said. "It's just sad what happened to her. We're going to miss her a lot."

They say they are especially worried about Byrd's youngest son, who has Down Syndrome.

"She has a son that's sick," friend Barbara Womack said. "He's not going to have his mom no more."

As police continued the investigation into Byrd's death, her 22-year-old son was questioned regarding the crime.

Sources said that Byrd was most likely killed in her home.

A chainsaw was found there, the shower curtain was missing and the apartment smelled of bleach.

"The thought of something happening right here, and it's so close to our school, it's just horrifying," Morrisania resident Matthew Raposo said.

Friends have left flowers and candles by Byrd's apartment in her memory.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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