Eight months after the discovery of her body, the police have confirmed that the young woman who died last July in New York was Kathryn Marie Gallagher, a stylist victim of a homicide.
On July 24, 2022, New York police entered a Manhattan apartment after being alerted by phone. On the spot, the agents discovered the lifeless body of a woman, in her room. The corpse showed no injuries. Friday, eight months after this tragic intervention, the authorities confirmed the identity of the victim. It is Kathryn Marie Gallagher, a 35-year-old American artist from Pennsylvania.
Police announced that she had been the victim of a homicide, reports the “ New York Times “. The medical examiner’s office explained that the stylist who worked with Lady Gaga, Rita Ora and Laverne Cox, among others, had succumbed to “acute intoxication by the combined effects of alcohol, fentanyl, ethanol and p-fluorofentanyl (an increasingly popular synthetic drug in the United States, editor’s note)”. According to the favored hypothesis, Kathryn Marie Gallagher could have been drugged during a burglary. However, the NYPD has not confirmed whether or not any items were stolen from her home. “There have been no arrests and the investigation is continuing,” police said in a statement.
Several similar cases
If the police are considering such a lead, it is because of similar cases that occurred during the year 2022, during which victims were robbed after succumbing to drug overdoses. In December, the prosecutor district of Manhattan announced the indictment of a suspect, Kenwood Allen, for murder and robbery, after the robberies of five people, two of whom lost their lives. Among the cases the police are investigating are also those involving the deaths of two men – a social worker and a political consultant – both killed in separate incidents after they left bars in Hell’s Kitchen. Their bank accounts were then emptied.
The family of Kathryn Marie Gallagher said in a statement to NBC New York that “the determination of homicide, shared by the medical examiner today, confirms what we knew: Katie was the victim of a crime. We have retained this information pending the official decision. Sharing this new help to set the record straight”.
According to an obituary published online on the Rhode Island School of Design website, the 30-year-old created her own fashion line – Katie Gallagher – in New York in 2010. She had produced more than two dozen collections under this label, presented during Fashion Weeks in New York or Paris. She was preparing her 27e collection at the time she died. Her sisters wrote, also online, that she had planned to unveil it in the fall of 2022. In addition to dressing stars, she had also been published in several fashion magazines including “Vogue”, “The Cut”, “ELLE” or “Glamour”. “. “She was unique, beautiful, smart, shameless and always driven. She was hardworking and talented, with so many ideas and plans for future projects. We are so proud of who she was and all that she accomplished in her short but full and beautiful life. She was Katie, our daughter, sister, aunt and friend.