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Gay Former Giuliani Aide Slain

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Gay Former Giuliani Aide Slain

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

August 24, 2006 - 3:00 pm ET

(New York City) New York police are searching for the killer of Martin Barreto a former press aide to Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the director of a Manhattan public relations firm.

Barreto's body was found in the bedroom of the million-dollar Greenwich Village apartment of a cousin.

The New York Daily News reports that Barreto, 49, had been strangled. His nude body was found in a bed and a condom wrapper was discovered on the floor. The body had been there for several days before it was discovered.

"His larynx was crushed like an eggshell," a police source told the News. Police also said there were no signs of a break-in, suggesting that Barreto knew his killer.

Police removed a computer from the apartment. The News reported that police believe the assailant may have been someone Barreto met on the Internet for sex or a former lover.

The building has a doorman. According to the News Barreto told him last Friday he was expecting someone and to let them in. A police source also told the paper that investigators want to talk to "an ex-boyfriend he had issues with ... It's someone who tapped into his computer and had refused to understand that it was over."

Several of Barreto's friends told the News that Barreto three yeas ago had complained about being stalked by a former flame and obtained restraining orders several years ago against the man in New York and Miami.

During the Giuliani administration Barreto dealt with the Hispanic press for the mayor. Most recently he was a partner in a Manhattan public relations firm.

He a former radio journalist he served on the board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 1993 to 1996.

Giuliani issued a statement saying he wanted to express “his heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Martin’s family and friends."

©365Gay.com 2006

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