NEW SPRINGVILLE, NY (PIX11)—Police are searching for a killer Thursday after finding a 29-year-old woman stabbed to death in her Staten Island home.
Officers found the body of Simeonette Mapes-Crupi inside her home at 1446 Forest Hill Rd. around 1:50 p.m. in the New Springville section with multiple stab wounds to her back.
“The woman just had her birthday. Her husband just brought her flowers and balloons that my husband saw. They were a couple with no kids, two dogs, it’s a very quiet neighborhood here,” neighbor Rachel Havia told Pix11.
Rachel Havia lives just a few units away, and said immediately after the victim’s husband came home he ran out screaming that someone killed his wife.
“The entire family was here. It must have been about fifteen to twenty people. People were passing out on the lawn from crying, screaming, saying ‘when did this happen...did this happen an hour ago?’ ‘Where were they?’ The husband came out screaming ‘my wife was murdered,’ said Havia.
Both Mapes worked as a teacher in East New York; her husband, Jonathan Crupi, is also a school teacher.
Mapes-Crupi wrote on her Facebook wall June 28th, “Crupi and I survived a shoot out today...Thank God we are ok, I'm sure over summer school we'll find out what the fighting was about. The Cypress Hill Projects are no joke. To all the wanna be gangstas of Staten Island (who say they are from Brooklyn but really aren't), be grateful you have what you have and stop trying to live a lifestyle you will never understand.”
Friends commented on the post expressing shock and love for the couple. She replied, “Crupi and I are fine, no worries. I didn't mean to scare anyone. Its just a hazard of working in East NY, Brooklyn. Things like this makes you appreciate all the blessings you have.”
A police investigation is ongoing.