U Street Restaurateur Found Dead in Northwest Home

Police investigate homicide

By Pat Collins and Matthew Stabley
|  Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009  |  Updated 8:38 AM EDT
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Northwest DC Murder Mystery

Coppi's

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

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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.
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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.

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.
 

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