In the complaint obtained by ABC New York, it states that Aguilar held Leathers in a chokehold for nearly 30 minutes resulting in a broken neck.
Grammy-Award winning musician Lawrence 'Lo' Leathers was killed in an altercation on Sunday. As per reports, the jazz drummer's body was found just before noon in the second-floor stairwell of his apartment located in the Bronx, New York.
He was a beloved and respected musician - a talented jazz drummer. And tonight, Lawrence Lo Leathers is dead - after an apparent love triangle confrontation in the Bronx.— Bill Ritter (@billritter7) June 3, 2019
As per reports, the 37-year-old was the victim of a violent altercation between his off-again-on-again girlfriend, 41-year-old Lisa Harris and another man. Many sites speculate that the fight was the result of a love triangle between Leathers, Harris, and the man who has been identified as 28-year-old Sterling Aguilar.
Lisa Harris, 41, sat on boyfriend Lawrence Leathers’ chest and repeatedly punched him in the face while Sterling Aguilar, 28, held the 37-year-old musician in a chokehold for 30 minutes early Sunday, authorities allege.https://t.co/9YGzXDcdMm— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 4, 2019
Police reports state that the jazz drummer was involved in a dispute with Harris who also lived in the apartment with Leathers. The statement goes on to describe the extent of the violence exacted against the 37-year-old. In the complaint obtained by ABC New York, it states that Aguilar held Leathers in a chokehold for nearly 30 minutes resulting in a broken neck.
The criminal complaint goes on to detail that the victim was held in a death grip by Aguilar, while Harris sat on Leathers' chest and punched him in the face several times. While the reason for the violent altercation remains under investigation, both Harris and Aguilar have been charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
Lawrence Lo Leathers @lopicz was one of the most musical, swingingest, honest drummers out here. Whenever I saw him play, I learned a great deal more about accompaniment, feel, & touch. Conversation with him was always a pleasure, as well. He always gave… https://t.co/pIj0gkGObD pic.twitter.com/Slwjuz1qCM— E.J. Strickland (@EJ_Strickland) June 3, 2019
Friends and fellow jazz artists were shocked upon hearing the news of the award-winning jazz drummer. Fellow musician E.J. Strickland called Leathers 'honest' and 'supportive' in a post shared on Instagram. "Nowadays, there are so many that are so quick to discredit, downplay, & disrespect their peers, youngbloods, & elders. Not Lawrence. Always positive, supportive, & loving," reads Strickland's post.
World-famous percussionist Lawrence “Lo” Leathers was found dead in his Bronx home on Sunday https://t.co/n3riPxIr8k— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 3, 2019
Leathers, who was a native of Michigan, showed promise as a drummer at a very young age. He won two Grammy Awards backing singer Cecile McLorin Salvant as a member of the Aaron Diehl Trio.