Murders of Lucia and Leo Krim

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Homicides of Lucia "Lulu" and Leo Krim
Location Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York, United States
Date October 25, 2012 (EST)
Attack type
Deaths 2
Non-fatal injuries
1 (the suspect)
Suspected perpetrator
Yoselyn Ortega

The homicide of Lucia "Lulu" Krim and Leo Krim occurred in the late afternoon of October 25, 2012 at the La Rochelle apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. The children's part-time nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, is accused of stabbing the children to death while their mother Marina Krim and 3-year-old sister Nessie were a few blocks away at a swimming lesson. Upon returning home, their mother and sister found Lucia and Leo dead in a bathtub at the family apartment. The nanny then began stabbing herself repeatedly in the neck and throat.

The children had lived with their parents, Marina and Kevin Krim, in New York City. The couple moved there from San Francisco in 2010. At the time of the murders, Kevin Krim was and still is currently, an executive at the television network CNBC and Marina Krim was a stay-at-home mom, art teacher and blogger who chronicled the children's lives[1] in New York City.[2][3][4]

The murders were reported by the international press. The entrance to the family's apartment was covered in flowers by sympathizers in the days after the murders of the children.


On October 25, 2012, at about 5:30 pm, Marina Krim returned to her apartment at 57 West 75th Street in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She discovered her son, Leo Krim, 2, and daughter, Lucia "Lulu" Krim, 6, had been stabbed in a bathtub in the family apartment. It was later reported that the children were still breathing when their mother arrived, but were pronounced dead by medics on the way to the hospital. [5]The children's nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, upon seeing Marina Krim discover her children having been murdered, began to stab her own throat. This scene was also witnessed by the apartment building's superintendent and his 10-year-old son. Ortega was originally from Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic and was 50 years old at the time of the homicides. She was living in Manhattan's Hamilton Heights neighborhood with her teenage son, among other people. In subsequent interviews with the NYPD Ortega claimed she was upset that her employer, Marina Krim, responded to her inquiry about needing more hours due to money troubles by suggesting she could do "housework." NYPD and friends of the Nanny also claimed she was "upset" because the Krims would not pay her more money. However, family and friends who knew the Krims as well as Ortega's own family have confirmed that Ortega was close to the children and was treated very well by the family. They even paid for her plane tickets to see her family in the Dominican Republic and, on one occasion, even accompanied her on vacation there.[6]

Yoselyn Ortega survived her self-inflicted wounds, and since then has been deemed by two New York state psychiatrists to be mentally competent enough to stand trial.[7] She is currently incarcerated at a New York City psychiatric hospital and preparing for trial with a court-appointed public defender.

The Krims have subsequently set up the Lulu & Leo Fund, a non-profit charity that supports arts programs for disadvantaged children. The Krim family posts photos and memories of their children on the Lulu & Leo Fund public Facebook page, including fundraising events and photos of art made by their children. Six-year-old Lulu Krim was a preternaturally gifted painter and artist.

In May 2013, MSN News reported that Kevin and Marina Krim and their surviving daughter, Nessie, 4, are expecting a baby brother in the fall of 2013.[8] Marina and Kevin Krim announced the arrival of their son Felix on October 11, 2013 via the Lulu & Leo Fund Facebook page. [9]


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