Cops Probe Mysterious Death of F.I.T. Student

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    Carmen Saldana worked at a local restaurant in Astoria, but her dreams lay in the world of fashion, she was working on a degree from Fashion Institute of Technology.

    Police are investigating the "suspicious death" of a 23-year-old woman who was found dead in her Astoria apartment last night.

    Carmen Saldana worked at a local restaurant in Astoria and was attending the Fashion Institute of Technology.

    She shared an apartment on 30th Avenue with her mother, who found her daughter dead in her bed after 9 p.m. on Sunday night, according to cousin, Hugo Rodriguez.

    He explained her mother initially thought Carmen was asleep, but when she touched her, the body was cold.

    According to Carmen's uncle, Juan Guerra, "she was naked, and the face looked bad because we thinking maybe she got punched in the face a few times, before or after she got raped."

    Family members said the chain latch on the door had been broken, indicating forced entry into the apartment.

    Police are continuing to comb the apartment for clues, but so far there is no word on suspects.

    The Medical Examiner is expected to determine the cause of death sometime today.