A compilation of daily news articles from around the United States about deaths (including both people and animals) that appear to occur in the context of a past or present intimate relationship, focusing on 2009-present. (NOTE: this blog is limited to incidents that appear in the media and are captured by our search terms. We recognize this is not an exhaustive portrayal of all deaths resulting from intimate violence.)
When is society going to realize intimate violence makes victims of us all?
A 66-year-old Wesley Hills man is facing a murder charge for the killing of his 68-year-old girlfriend early Friday morning inside the couple's Grandview Avenue home, Ramapo police said.
Riad Dib was due in Ramapo Town Court Friday afternoon to face a charge of second-degree murder, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 25 years to life in prison upon conviction.
Police responding to the home at 171 Grandview Ave. about 12:45 a.m. found Cecile Garbarino dead on the bedroom floor, authorities said. Dib was taken into custody at the scene.
Police were summoned to the home by a 911 call.
The couple lived together but were not married, according to a news release from Ramapo police.
Wesley Hills Mayor David Goldsmith said he did not know the victim or suspect but he had been informed by police of the alleged crime before dawn Friday morning, according to News 12.
"It's tragic. It's a terrible thing," Goldsmith said. "Obviously bad things happen and we don't know much of the details of what was going on but there isn't a good reason for something like this."
Dib was arraigned Friday afternoon before Ramapo Town Justice Rhoda Schoenberger and ordered held without bail at the Rockland County Jail. No information on an attorney for Dib was available Friday afternoon.