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GoFundMe Launched For Maywood Man Charged With Killing Woman Outside Hackensack Party

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UPDATE: A GoFundMe campaign seeks to raise money toward "fair representation" for a 21-year-old Maywood man charged with killing a 19-year-old Bloomingdale woman who'd been with him at a party in a Hackensack high-rise apartment.

Fund raising for Michael T. Gaffney is necessary "in a world where the media is able to spin anything to match their agenda," wrote his 22-year-old sister, Samantha Gaffney, who organized the campaign.

Gaffney recklessly caused the death of Francis Victoria Garcia, who was with him in the back seat of a car parked on the top level of a garage at 140 Prospect Avenue before dawn Saturday, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said.

"Compression injuries" were found around Garcia's neck, indicating that asphyxiation killed her -- and not a drug overdose -- according to the Bergen County Medical Examiner's Office, which conducted an autopsy on Saturday.

The 5-foot-8-inch, 180-pound Gaffney told detectives that they'd taken prescription medication and were having rough sex in her car when she lost consciousness, a law enforcement source said.

City police got a 911 call at 2:14 a.m., Musella said.

The victim was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Gaffney, meanwhile, remained held in the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court.

A conviction at trial for second-degree manslaughter in New Jersey can result in a state prison sentence of five to 10 years and a fine of up to $150,000. The convict must serve 85% of the sentence under New Jersey's No Early Release Act.

The GoFundMe for Gaffney raised more than $6,000 by the end of Sunday.

Michael T. Gaffney


ALSO SEE: A 21-year-old Maywood man was charged with reckless manslaughter Saturday following an autopsy on a 19-year-old Bloomingdale woman who had been with him at a party in a Hackensack high-rise apartment.

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