Murder Of Female College Student Shocks Dutchess County

Kate Filiberti Found Dead On Side Of Road After Leaving Party

HYDE PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A shocking murder has stunned a quiet northern suburb.

A young college student left a party, and the next day was found dead on the side of a road.

On Tuesday police were going to great lengths to catch her killer, reports CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

Lindsay McGarril has lost her best friend, Kate Filiberti, a talented former gymnast, a lovely girl with a big smile and a generous spirit.

“Unimaginable. Every day I wake up and I want it to be a nightmare. You think that it’s not possible that this could ever happen,” McGarril said. “She had the greatest heart. She would do anything for her friends. She was just such an amazing person.”

On Tuesday police were out searching for clues near the spot where Filiberti was found dead Saturday afternoon.

She was taken in an act of violence that has shaken this quiet Dutchess County town.

“I know there is a lot of anxiety in the community, and I understand that,” Hyde Park Police Chief Charles Broe said.

Chief Broe said there just wasn’t much he could release on Tuesday.

Friends of Filiberti, who was a freshman at Dutchess Community College, said she’d argued with a male acquaintance and left a party Friday night. She started walking home, but never made it.

A homemade cross marks the spot where her body was found the next day — just a mile from the police station.

“We’re really going in every direction right now. We’re collecting evidence. We’re doing numerous interviews. We’re leaving no stone unturned as far as the investigation is concerned,” Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Lt. John Watterson said.

Police said there is a strong technology angle to their investigation as well. They’re checking cell phone and text message records, along with Facebook status updates.

Losing a friend so suddenly, McGarril said she’s already a changed person.

“I don’t want to take things for granted. In a matter of seconds everything can change,” she said.

It’s a painful lesson from a painful loss.

Filiberti’s family will announce funeral arrangements on Thursday.

What do you think happened? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • humberto

    For gods sake the boyfriend did
    it. Arrest him. Maybe they went
    to the park to do drugs. The
    Boyfriend is a gang member and is
    a convicted felon for assault.
    She probably talked back. He decided to
    teach her a lesson and cut her
    Pretty face. She fought and he
    killed her cause he’s tough!
    Now he will rot in attica

    • dutchess county resident

      the boyfriend is not a “gang member” there was an incident where a couple of kids were fighting in a parking hence the term “gang” and he never served prison time where is it stated he’s a convicted felon?

  • dutchess county resident

    does that really matter in a murder investigation? if that was the case don’t ya think this would have been an open and shut case by now…..

  • Auburn Dale

    I keep waiting for somebody to comment that a murder like this is “a Brooklyn sort of thing” that is somehow “not supposed to” happen in the suburbs.

    • tammy

      it does not matter where the locale was murder is murder and at the end of the day the victim is somebody’s daughter/son/mother/father/sister/or brother. Really wish people would be a little more considerate and keep these kind of comments to themselves because you never know what family member of the victim may be reading these message boards and think a comment like this is insensitive?

  • Capt Lou

    The only way to settle with the killer(s) is reinstatement of the death penalty and if the Liberals aren’t happy with it, ask them how they would deal with death to a family member.

    • TeachBoys2BLoving

      death penalty already has been reinstated all over the country and we compete with iran and saudi arabia for 2nd place, after china, for the most executions. we have the highest gun murders in the world and endless stories of young girls and women being wiped out by males they know (almost always it’s someone they know). the threat of execution does nothing to deter or there would be no murders in china, iran, saudi arabia, and america. but teaching little boys how to be extremely compassionate, understanding, and loving early on in life NOT just until cute 1st grade years – and then strictly enforcing that code of honor during teen and college years – would go a long way to nearly wiping out murder in our country. men are responsible for 90% of all murders. women commit murders too but it is rare statistically. there is only one reason: boys are not allowed to be loving and compassionate in our society. if they are too nice and gentle, they are ostracized, ridiculed, and of course bullied for it at a very early age. very few mothers and fathers want their boys to be extremely loving, non-confrontational, gentle, and compassionate out in public and to strangers. mma, fighter video games, hardcore rap, hardcore porn, aren’t responsible for anyone committing a crime but their popularity shows that males seek and want violence (mma huge popularity and fighter video games) as well as to dominate women (hardcore rap and porn) like they are property. violence for males makes up a huge proportion of their entertainment outlets. it’s literally fun and pleasurable for them. throughout history, male violence has needed to be put in check in order to have any semblance of a civilized society. i’ve been around 45 years and this time is by far the most aggressive male behavior towards women i’ve seen in this country. there used to be sexism all over but i cannot recall the out-and-out violent rage towards women when a guy loses his mind or temper. so it makes sense then that an eye-for-an-eye mentality is desired rather than doing what Jesus said. eliminating the death penalty would be doing what Jesus said. you want guys like this (and yes we all know this is a guy who did it and probably the guy she argued with) to stop doing things like this? how many love scenes in movies end with violence? how many females are brutally killed in all these bizarre forensic shows that are hugely popular? nice rap or just mellow rap is not popular. you have to degrade women and announce your capacity to be violent to anyone who disrespects you in order to be a top rap artist. even some of these wimpy hipster bands will sing some nasty stuff about love or girl gone wrong. it’s very specific “i might hurt you” messages. nobody wants a soft spoken, gentle, loving, kind, understanding, forgiving, nice little boy because they worry he will turn out soft…or gay. well guess what? if we had a nation of soft spoken, kind, caring, compassionate hetero gentlemen it would indeed be a wonderful world to live in. we’ll never eliminate murder but we almost could with no effort at all. i’m a guy and i’ve been around “the guys” all my life so i’m most qualified to make this observation.

  • Eddy Rameau

    My hearts and prayers go out to her friends and family of this poor girl. So sad that this terrible thing happen to her. I can tell she was a very kind-hearted person who did not deserve this at all and even though I’ve never met her, I feel like she was one of my best friends. I hope whoever did do this, whoever was involved will be brought to justice. God bless her and her family and friends.

    R.I.P Katie

  • Meta Kanewhereiamaswellashere

    Have the family members been investigated?

    • Hyde Park resident

      Thank you, Detective Meta. I’m sure the local police never thought of that.

      • jackie

        haha, thats to funny hyde park resident! made my day, thanks for the laugh

  • anon

    God Bless. Let’s protect our children in these college communities.

  • james

    Get the cell phone info of the boy she argued with. There might be lots of activity after that argument.


    It’s tragic end for so beautiful girl. Who knows what happened??There had to be some clues and someone else who know what happened. The killer always returned to the place of murdering.If I was a policeman I would put some hidden cameras near that place and watch for more than one week.Then I will focus investigation on the faces who are on camera.

  • Boubacar Doumbia

    It is not impossible that her father is not involve in a mafia group that might give him a worning this way.
    The raison i said that is because of their Italian last name…

  • Bouba

    I am so sorry for her family and disapointed for the trgic lost of an athlete as i am. I have a friend who is gymnase as her in the name of Meera, and now i am worry about her to.

    May Allah forgive her and accept her in haven. Amin !!!

  • Makaveli

    Alcohol involved, as it is involved with MOST crimes. (See statistics.)

    Alcohol kills more people than marijuana. (See statistics.)



  • Moon Hunt

    Nothing more awful than quiet American suburbs where “nothing ever happens,” while in fact everything terrible happens there. People are bunkered in their homes, no pubs, theaters, cinemas, restaurants with normal comings and goings, but only eerie streets. At least in the cities you know where bad and good areas are. Poor girl. Condolences

    • JIH


      • jackie

        sorry for your loss mr. hudson i cant begin to imagine that kind of pain,

  • Iris Dacal=Teijeiro

    Some one knew her where a “bouts, therefore staked her out, most likely seeking sex, but when she resisted, that’s all she wrote. Whoever it was, could be right in your mist, therefore do no be alone anywhere and get a container of “safespray”
    and use it if need be.

  • Anon.

    Terrorist attack.

  • jerry

    what happened> He followed her, tried to reconcile cause of the argument/fight and she told him to bug off. He lost it and there is the answer.

  • Anonymous

    There’s a recent photo of her on this report (ABC 7). Such a beautiful young woman. So tragic.

  • Anonymous

    College student? She looks like she’s twelve.

    • anonymous

      It’s an old picture. She’s been doing gymnastics for years.

  • samuel reames

    Ladies PLEASE travel in numbers no matter how tough you think you are and no matter how well aquainted you are with the surroundings.

    • HUGO

      They should all be packing heat.

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