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Nikki Secondino, a 22-year-old transgender individual, has been charged with the murder of their father, Carlo Secondino, 61, who was killed in a stabbing at the family home in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. 

Secondino has also been charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the attack, which left their 19-year-old sister in critical condition at Maimonides Hospital. 

Initially, police suspected that the incident was connected to a home invasion, but it was later revealed that Nikki may have fabricated the entire story in an attempt to cover up their involvement in the crime

A neighbor of the Secondinos also claimed to have heard Nikki making a phone call after the stabbing, in which they claimed that the family had been robbed by home invaders who also stabbed them. 

Nikki Secondino, a 22-year-old transgender individual, right, has been charged with the murder of their father, Carlo Secondino, 61, center. Their sister, Liana, left, was also stabbed

Nikki Secondino, a 22-year-old transgender individual, right, has been charged with the murder of their father, Carlo Secondino, 61, center. Their sister, Liana, left, was also stabbed

Carlo Secondino, 61, (pictured) was fatally stabbed several times and his daughter, 19, was critically injured on Thursday in their home at 17th Avenue near 82nd Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. His eldest daughter, 22, has been arrested in connection with the crime

Carlo Secondino, 61, (pictured) was fatally stabbed several times and his daughter, 19, was critically injured on Thursday in their home at 17th Avenue near 82nd Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. His eldest daughter, 22, has been arrested in connection with the crime

Carlo was pronounced dead at the scene and his daughter was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center, just days ahead of her 20th birthday, according to the New York Daily News

It was originally reported two male robbers broke into the home on 17th Avenue, around 6am and demanded money from a safe, according to police, before they attacked the family of three and fled on foot.  

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However, police now believe that Nikki was responsible for the attack. 

Nikki Secondino suffered slash wounds to the hands and was hospitalized in stable condition. 

Father, Carlo Secondino, who worked as a deliveryman at Mike’s Diner, was reportedly supportive of Nikki’s gender identity. 

Cops said earlier they were investigating the incident and looking to see if it is connected to a family dispute, ABC 7 reported. 

There was no signs of forced entry on the blood-stained entrance. Neighbors said the family has lived there for more than 10 years and ‘kept to themselves,’ according to CBS News

Liana Secondino, the younger daughter of Carlo Secondino, was critically injured during the stabbing on Thursday

Liana Secondino, the younger daughter of Carlo Secondino, was critically injured during the stabbing on Thursday

A woman was seen carrying a bag out of the apartment. There was no signs of forced entry on the blood-stained entrance

 A woman was seen carrying a bag out of the apartment. There was no signs of forced entry on the blood-stained entrance

Police have not arrested any suspects, as of Thursday afternoon

 Police have not arrested any suspects, as of Thursday afternoon

The crime took place on 17th Avenue near 82nd Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (pictured)

 The crime took place on 17th Avenue near 82nd Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (pictured)

After hearing about the crime, residents said they were fearful as crime continues to rise in New York City. 

‘I’ve heard they got in the home, so I’m just really [worried] it could happen to any of us,’ a neighbor known only as Johnny told ABC 7. ‘Pretty much all of us will be worried about it.’ 

Overall crime is up 22.9 percent in the Big Apple, although murders are down 13.1 percent. 

However, rape, felony assault, and robbery are all up at 7.4, 12.6, and 26.1 percent, respectively. 

Crime is heightened in the Big Apple, with robberies up 26.1% compared to last year

Crime is heightened in the Big Apple, with robberies up 26.1% compared to last year 

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