Story by Sherry Mazzocchi
Judith López has received the kind of news that no mother ever wants to hear.
On November 14, her son, Anthony A. Ureña, 23, left his Upper West Side home for a club in Inwood.
He never returned.
That wasn’t like him. He was a Lehman College student with aspirations of becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He loved his white pit bull Sampson so much that his two older brothers and sister knew he’d never leave him behind without a word.
Frantic, his family contacted the 23rd Precinct. They plastered notices with his image all over Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. They mobilized social media forces and news organizations picked up the story.
The NYPD subpoenaed his carrier for cell phone records.
But the family said publicly that the police weren’t doing enough. They entreated State Senator Adriano Espaillat for help. His office assisted in canvassing Inwood with volunteers armed with flyers and helped drive awareness. Online, the family and friends posted word of ongoing efforts and entreated residents to call or contact them if they had any information.
Ureña’s family has announced that a memorial service will be held on Sun., Jan. 10th from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Ortiz Funeral Home, located at 4425 Broadway.