U Street Restaurateur Found Dead in Northwest Home

Police investigate homicide

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    Coppi's
    Nora Amaya, fondly known as Nori, was found dead Monday night.

    WASHINGTON -- We got some really sad news from the U Street Corridor this morning. The co-owner of a popular organic restaurant was found dead Monday night.

    D.C. police received a report of an unconscious person at a home in the 3600 block of 16th Street NW at about 9 p.m., police said. They found 38-year-old Nori Amaya unconscious and not breathing in her apartment.

    Northwest DC Murder Mystery

    [DC] Northwest DC Murder Mystery
    D.C. Police are investigating the murder of a local restaurant owner. Nori Amaya, 38, owner of Coppi's Orgnanic Restaurant, was found strangled to death in her own apartment. (Published Tuesday, Nov 3, 2009)

    Concerned individuals checked on Amaya after she hadn't been heard from in two days.

    Amaya co-owned Coppi's Organic Restaurant at 14th and U streets in Northwest with her brother, Carlos Amaya. The restaurant opened in 1993.

    Nori Amaya's death has been ruled a homicide. The cause of death was determined to be strangulation.

    Carlos Amaya said the restaurant will be open Tuesday evening.