Tuesday, March 13, 2012

St. James, NY: Locals Tight-Lipped on Tragic Death of Neighbor

Just one day after the stabbing death of Katherine Farrell, a St. James mother of a 13-month-old boy who police said was stabbed by the father of the child, the community is tight-lipped on the tragic situation that took the life of one of its neighbors.

One neighbor described the incident as “shocking” Tuesday afternoon, but declined to provide a comment, stating the people on Hill Road are very hypersensitive to the situation.

In a Newsday report released Tuesday, Deacon V. Anthony Maggipinto of Saints Philip & James Church in St. James, who was preparing Farrell’s sister to be the godmother of her son, described the late mother as a “wonderful person who drew you in” and “sincere.”

Farrell's work supervisor William St. George, an administrator at the St. James Healthcare Center, also told Newsday that she was a devoted mother and favorite among other employees at the nursing home.

The family of Farrell was gathered outside of the home Monday night but declined to comment. No one was available at the home for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Police said officers responded to a call on Monday at 8:59 a.m. stating James Schultz, 31, of East Northport, was found dead in his home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, with his son in another room of the house. Schultz reportedly picked his son up from the home of Farrell that morning to babysit him as he does three times a week.

According to police, officers tried to reach Farrell at work to notify her of the incident only to find she had not reported to work. Officers then went to her home at 3 Hill Road at roughly 11:20 a.m. to find her stabbed to death.

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