READ MORE- Homeless Irish woman freezes to death in New York City
Grace Farrell’s young son Oliver, 12, has said that he wants to take his mother’s ashes to Ireland for burial there.
Farrell died at age 35, freezing to death on Sunday morning in Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan, on the steps of St. Brigid’s Church, built by Irish Famine emigrants.
She was raised in an orphanage in Drogheda, Co. Louth and emigrated to America at age 17. She had high hopes of becoming a successful artist but fell victim to drugs.
Farrell’s young son Oliver told “the New York Daily News” that he recalled some happier times before his mother became destitute. "In the summer, she always took me to the Carmine St. pool. We used to go to McDonald's," he said.
"We got along very well. We were very happy together. It depresses me losing her. I'm very sad."
Farrell’s only son had no doubt what killed his mother.
"Alcohol and drugs are a crime. It was a crime that killed her," the sixth grade student told the “New York Daily News.”
Her former partner Al Muniz described the 35-year-old as “a wonderful happy-go-lucky” person.
Farrell’s estranged husband and only son live in the East Village and last saw Farrell on February 11th, nine days after her 35th birthday.
Initial autopsy reports proved inconclusive and results from additional toxicology reports are still pending. However foul play in not suspected, despite this both Oliver and his father blame the her fellow hustlers in Thompson Street
"Drugs and alcohol ruin you," said Oliver. "The guys in the park knew she was weak."
Muniz, who has full custody of their son, revealed that the couple had been engaged to be married before Farrell’s addiction had spiraled out of control.
"She had a home with us. But I wouldn't allow drinking in the house because I have a child in the house," said 52-year-old Muniz.
"She bounced in and out of our lives," he said. "She would leave and then show up in Texas, or call from Kentucky. I told her many times, 'If you keep this up, it's a death wish.'"
The former construction worker denied the accusations by Farrell’s street friends that he had abused her.
"Any man who lays his hands on a woman is a coward," he said.
Farrell’s body has not yet been removed from the New York Chief Medical Examiner’s offices, and funeral arrangements have yet to be arranged.