ELISA IZQUIERDO: ABANDONED TO HER FATE

NEIGHBORS, TEACHERS AND THE AUTHORITIES ALL KNEW ELISA IZQUIERDO WAS BEING ABUSED. BUT SOMEHOW NOBODY MANAGED TO STOP IT

ELISA IZQUIERDO LIKED TO DANCE, WHICH IS ALMOST TOO perfect. Fairy tales, especially those featuring princesses, often include dancing, although perhaps not Elisa's favorite merengue. Fairy-tale princesses are born humble. Elisa fit that bill: she was conceived in a homeless shelter in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn and born addicted to crack. That Elisa nevertheless had a special, enchanted aura is something the whole city of New York now knows. "Radiant," says one of her preschool teachers, remembering a brilliant smile and flashing black eyes. "People loved her," adds another. "Everybody loved her." And, unlikely as it may seem, there...

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