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Navila Nunez and her mother were in their Mattapan apartment one August day when there was a knock at their door. It was their neighbor from across the hall, Eldrick Broom, who had noticed their keys still in the lock. Nunez’s mother had accidentally left them outside.
A few months later, Broom broke into the women’s two-bedroom apartment, according to police, then raped and killed Nunez’s mother, 34-year-old Rosanna Camilo De Nunez. According to Suffolk prosecutors, sometime in the early afternoon of Nov. 21, 2011, Broom strangled Camilo with a computer cord and a sock and left her nearly naked body on the floor.
Navila Nunez, who was a 16-year-old high school junior at the time, found her mother later that day when she got home from West Roxbury Academy.
Now 18, Nunez was poised on the stand during the first day of Broom’s murder trial.