By Todd Maisel, AM New York:
Steven Munoz and his girlfriend awoke Wednesday morning inside their burning Brooklyn apartment and faced a grim choice — try to avoid the flames and smoke in their home while hoping help would come in time, or jump four stories out their window to a concrete sidewalk below.
They chose the former — and Munoz, 22, and now his girlfriend, 22-year-old Destiny Marmolejo, paid with their lives. She is listed as living on Union Street.
Firefighters found the couple unconscious in their bedroom at around 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 while responding to the blaze on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. Munoz, said to be a strapping and athletic six-footer, was pronounced dead at Methodist Hospital, according to police.
His girlfriend, Marmolejo, was scooped up by Squad 1 firefighters, was last reported in critical condition at Methodist. However, police report she has succumbed to her injuries.
“He was in training to become a firefighter,” said a neighbor who identified himself only as Joe.
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