Efrain ‘Stone’ Reyes was discovered useless in a mattress at his mom’s house in The Bronx on November 27. He was 51 years outdated.
Reyes was identified with the coronavirus earlier this yr whereas serving a sentence for a drug trafficking conviction at Queens Detention Facility, the place he was transferred from Manhattan Correction Middle in August 2019, a day earlier than his infamous cellmate, Epstein, took his personal life by hanging.
Efrain ‘Stone’ Reyes, 51 (left), died at his mom’s house on November 27. He was the final inmate to share a cell with Jeffrey Epstein (proper) earlier than his August 2019 suicide
Reyes was transferred out of the Metropolitan Correctional Middle a day earlier than Epstein hanged himself utilizing bedsheets (inside of Epstein’s cell is pictured)
Reyes reportedly informed his niece earlier than his loss of life that Epstein was a ‘good cellmate’ he loved studying and stored to himself
Reyes’ niece, Angelique Lopez, 27, informed the New York Daily News that previous to his loss of life, her uncle spoke about his time behind bars with the billionaire intercourse offender, whom he described as a ‘good cellmate’ who stored to himself and spent a lot of his time studying.
‘He wasn’t an issue starter or too loud,’ Lopez informed the paper of the disgraced financier, who she stated had been positioned in her uncle’s cell as a result of Reyes had a damaged leg and was ‘laid again.’
Based on Reyes’ niece, her uncle informed her that he witnessed Epstein being mistreated by corrections officers at MCC and extorted by different inmates, who knew of his huge fortune and have been desperate to get their palms on a few of it.
‘[Staff] have been treating him like c**p. They have been making him sleep on the ground. They wouldn’t let him sleep on a cot,’ Lopez stated.
Reyes was stated to have informed his niece that in his ultimate days, Epstein was on suicide watch, was ‘very depressed’ and stated that ‘he did not wish to dwell anymore’.
One other former MCC inmate was quoted as telling the Every day Information that Epstein ‘was saying he’s going to kill himself as a result of the federal government is making an attempt to kill him anyway.’
Epstein hanged himself utilizing ripped mattress sheets lower than 24 hours after Reyes was transferred to the privately run Queens jail for cooperating witnesses.
Following Epstein’s August 10, 2019, suicide, the FBI questioned Reyes’ about his former cellmate’s demeanor.
Reyes claimed that Epstein was mistreated by workers on the jail and extorted by different inmates
Based on Reyes, Epstein was suicidal in direction of the tip (Epstein’s noose is pictured)
Lopez stated her uncle cooperated with the investigation, however he was nervous to blow the whistle on the allegedly abusive MCC workers for worry of retaliation.
‘He was apprehensive in the event that they informed them what they did to Epstein he was apprehensive it could comply with him and have an effect on him negatively,’ Lopez stated.
In a word that was present in Epstein’s cell after his loss of life he complained about being served burnt meals and having ‘big bugs’ crawling over his palms.
Reyes was on the Queens facility, which beforehand housed rapper-turned-informant Tekashi69, when he contracted COVID-19 within the spring.
Lopez recounted how her uncle broke down in tears, telling his household of his prognosis and expressing worry that he would die of the virus behind bars.
The niece stated when her uncle regained his freedom in April, it was obvious that the sickness had taken a heavy toll on his lungs. The 51-year-old additionally suffered from diabetes and coronary heart issues.
Following his launch, Reyes expressed doubts that Epstein may have hanged himself from the body of the bunk mattress because it wasn’t tall sufficient, saying that it did not make sense.
Nevertheless, he stated stated he could not make certain as ‘generally individuals are preventing one thing we all know nothing about.’
Epstein’s suicide remains to be the topic of an ongoing investigation by the US Division of Justice.