Police: Portsmouth man’s body found in duffle bag

Deshawn Cortez Seaborne

YONKERS, N.Y. (WAVY) – A duffle bag found at a bank in Yonkers, New York, contained the body of a Portsmouth man. Now police are investigating his death as a homicide.

Detectives were called to the Wells Fargo Bank on Odell Avenue on Monday just after noon for the report of a suspicious bag. They discovered the bag contained human remains.

Police have identified the victim as 24-year-old Deshawn Cortez Seaborne, of Portsmouth, Virginia. Investigators say he had been stabbed several times in his back, torso, neck and head. Police said his whole body had been stuffed in the bag then left at the bank.

Yonkers Police are working with the Medical Examiner’s Office to develop more information on this case.

Seaborne grew up and lived in the Brighton/Prentis Park area of Portsmouth.

His uncle spoke to 10 On Your Side, asking not to identify him.

“He was just a loving person. He had his ups and downs in life, but other than that he was the same as any young kid growing up in Portsmouth.”

Seaborne was a wrestler at Wilson High School.  He would get his GED.

“He was energetic. He loved dogs … he got caught in life growing up poor.  I guess he couldn’t duck it.” 

The uncle is referring to the time his nephew served time for a gun charge, and had been out about two years. “He got into trouble toting firearms, and for some odd reason he did that, because he didn’t need to do that. He wasn’t have any problems with anyone trying to kill him.”

Ironically in the end someone did kill Seaborne, but with knives in an angry attack.

“He was on the straight and narrow from that day forward.  He did well on probation, got a job, and was straight forward to be honest with you.”

Seaborne worked at a local fast food restaurant, and had not been in trouble since. 10 On Your Side met with the uncle as he was taking calls all day as word spread of Seaborne’s death, “We don’t know what happened … nobody knows why he was in New York,” he told a caller.

The family started learning he was killed Monday night into Tuesday. They may not know why he was in New York, but they do know he wasn’t driving, and he wasn’t alone. 

The uncle believes someone from the neighborhood drove him to New York, and the uncle awaits the call from that person if that person is still alive. “That is one phone call I am waiting for. I’m expecting it.  We want somebody to call and say ‘hey, I hung with him.’  I would say ‘hey you went up with him, you know what happened?’  Yes, that is the call I’m waiting for … I’m very angry.  I’m very angry. It’s more past crying, it is just anger.”

“I would ask him, you’re talking to me on the phone, so how come you aren’t dead too?  Exactly.  Exactly. It will at least give me peace of mind.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Yonkers Police Detective Division at (914) 377-7724. 

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