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68-year-old woman’s death in Brooklyn home invasion ruled a homicide: NYPD

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EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn – Police say a woman's death during a violent December home invasion has been ruled a homicide Wednesday.

Brenda Ramos, 68, died after three intruders – two men and a woman – entered her 9427 Kings Highway apartment on Dec. 16 and attacked her 40-year-old male roommate with a hammer, police said.

The woman was unconscious and unresponsive when police responded, the NYPD said. She had no visible signs of trauma. Both victims were taken to a hospital, where the woman died. The man suffered several cuts to the torso.

Several belongings were missing from the apartment, police said.

The medical examiner ruled her death to be a homicide and said she had a heart attack. They also said a contributing factor to her death was acute cocaine intoxication.

Police have not released any descriptions of the attackers nor have any arrests been made.

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