THE mother of one of the two victims found shot dead in a burning car has revealed she received haunting messages after her son's death.
Michelle Morales said she was sent gruesome pictures of Jesse Parrilla's burning body the day before the 22-year-old college basketball player was confirmed dead.
"Someone took a photo of him in the car," Morales said.
"I saw my son's bones."
The bodies of her child Jesse Parrilla and Nikki Huang, both 22, were found in a burning car near a golf course in the Bronx just after 4am on May 16.
Both victims suffered from fatal gunshot wounds, according to a medical examiner.
Morales told WPIX that she received the haunting messages just moments after officials discovered Parrilla and Huang.
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She said she knew her son was dead even though the two victims were so badly burned they could not be identified for days.
According to the sources, the young couple was brutally killed after Huang told her alleged gang-involved friends that a rival group stole her purse during a recent mugging.
The night before the two were found, there were a series of shootings during a gang-related revenge feud, police say.
Around 1am, Parrilla was carjacked when he dropped off Huang at her apartment in the Lower East Side.
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Huang was well-known in her community as her family owns a restaurant and nail salon.
An alleged member of the Down the Hill gang had been shot dead in the East Village at this point, and two members of Up the Hill, an opposing gang, had also suffered gunshot wounds, police say.
Investigators believe that Parrilla and Huang were taken to Queens where another gang member was believed to be shot around 2.20am.
Morales had called her son repeatedly, and he finally answered around this time to say "I love you, Mom," before the call dropped.
Parrilla and Huang both suffered gunshot wounds to the head. He also was found with a wound to the chest while she had a second gunshot to the neck.
"I feel disrespected on his death, how it happened," Morales told WPIX.
"I deserve answers … He's all I had. I sacrificed and lived for him."
Morales was a single mom at 19 when she had Parrilla.
She said that he was finishing up business classes at Genessee Community College where he played basketball at the time of his death.
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"He wasn't into gangs. He wasn't affiliated with any of that stuff," she said.
"Jesse was a humble kid. From what I know, Jesse never had a problem with anyone."
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