Staten Island Man Arraigned In Parents’ Killing

NEW YORK (CBS 2/AP) — A funeral service was held on Staten Island Monday for the couple brutally murdered in their own home. On the same day, their own son was arraigned on murder charges, CBS 2HD’s Kathryn Brown reports.

A bright sun did little to dry tears of grief and disbelief. Family and friends of Arthur and Marion Bellucci packed the Holy Child Church for the couple’s service.

“Very special family and just loving and it’s just a tragedy,” said Jean Richards, a friend of the victims.

The Belluccis were stabbed to death inside their Annadale home on Wednesday. Days later, police in Tel Aviv arrested their son, 30-year-old Eric Bellucci, who had flown to Israel after the murders. He was charged with both killings.

“I’m praying for all of them, including him. He’s just obviously a very sick child and any parent I guess would feel the same thing, just sadness,” Richards said.

“This is a shame that, we all have kids and you always wonder, you love them and nurture them and this shouldn’t have happened,” said Chris Meekins, another friend of the victims.

Bellucci, sporting a beard and longish hair, looked disheveled and disoriented during his court appearance. He walked slowly, and did not speak.

Defense attorney John Kelly asked that Bellucci be placed on suicide watch as a precaution. He did not enter a plea and is being held without bail.

Marion Bellucci’s brother spoke out for the first time at the couples wake over the weekend. “It’s a relief that he is in custody, for his health, our health and his own, his own safety,” said Mike Ruscitto.

Relatives said Eric Bellucci was schizophrenic and prone to violent episodes. He lived at home with his parents and, up until shortly before the murders, so did one of his sisters.

She reportedly left home because she was scared of him.

Bellucci was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

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  • Jocelyn

    He belongs behind bars. I understand he has a mental illness but the nature of his crime proves this is not a person who should be out in the public. Imagine he was released and went off his meds only to have it end in bloodshed? It would be tragic and the legal system must be responsible. Pleading insanity may be valid, but it does not excuse the act of murder. He is a danger to others and most likely himself. He needs to be heavily medicated and be under psychological care (extreme). But most of all he belongs behind bars. it is sad everyone is mourning both the loss of the Belluccis, but also the son, Eric, who at 30 has essentially ended his own life. He will be locked away, and none of the dreamshis parents dreamed for him will come true. Sad. Sad. Sad.

  • kingsly

    the is murderer he need punish according to his deeds.

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