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Boyfriend Charged In Fatal Stabbing Of College Student

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A 33-year-old man has been arrested in the stabbing death of his girlfriend inside the couple’s Manhattan apartment.

At 2:37 a.m., police responded to 63 Clinton Street in the Lower East Side where they found 23-year-old Sarah Coit in the living room with multiple stab wounds to her body. EMS responded and transported the victim to Beth Israel Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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College student Sarah Coit, 23, was fatally stabbed on April 10. Her live-in boyfriend was arrested and charged. (credit: CBS 2)


“We were afraid, we didn’t know what was happening,” one neighbor told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin. “There was a lot of commotion.”

Crime scene investigators were working into the night at the Lower East Side building where Coit was trapped with her killer, screaming for mercy and help. Those early morning cries now haunt the neighbors.

“Just like, ‘stop, stop, don’t hurt me,’” neighbor Briana Andalore said.

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Raul Barrera, Coit’s live-in boyfriend, was charged with her murder. Barrera turned himself in to police a few hours after the murder.

Police say Coit’s throat was slashed so savagely that she was nearly decapitated. Neighbors saw the fatal wound as the body was taken out of the building.

Neighbors said they heard loud arguments with the same voices before, but this time it was so intense that some went out into their hallways to investigate. They said that because the sounds were echoing, it was difficult locating the right apartment.

“‘What room are you in, what’s your name, where are you,’” witness Yoost Bohnen said. “She didn’t react; she continued screaming.”

Coit moved to the city from her hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut, living for a while in the Upper East Side.

“Met her mom a couple of times, nice person, nice family,” former neighbor Derek Guadalupe said. “It’s really sad.”

Guadalupe remembered Coit attending Hunter college, where she studied advertising and marketing.

Now, family and friends will remember a young life stolen before graduation and countless other milestones.



Raul Barrera was being held at Manhattan Central Booking Sunday night. He is expected to be arraigned Monday.

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  1. someone real says:

    I for one find it disgusting that a young life was taken, and all some of you can talk about is racist bull! Just because the man who did this is black does not mean that all black men are bad. It is disgusting to stereotype. Look at all the serial killers, in the states and canada, they are mostly all white! What does that say to your reasoning? I am a white woman who was beaten and raped by a white man. Before any of you say anything, not it was not a “redneck” or any other stereotype you might wanna pin it on. He was a well respected working person in my community. R.I.P Sarah, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family!

  2. mm says:

    @nikki…the only reason white girls go with black men is the sexual prowess they supposedly have…usually they have no $4 or jobs and no status…trust me on this…

    1. Carol says:

      Guess you’re looking for a white woman too …and you hope your comments will help your cause …if only you’d love your own selves and your own race first, then respectful relationships would follow with others too..

  3. Annette says:

    Young Black women getting pregnant without marrying and then treating their black boy children like just another welfare check is turning out generations of angry black men with no respect for women or anyone else. Time to do things differently before no woman is safe and no black men are on the streets because they are all in prison.

  4. jimmy says:

    who cares ? what a bunch of mongrels.

  5. Nikki says:

    To mm – Actually she was breaking up with this guy..so either he didnt have the few ‘extra inches’ or she found these elsewhere..he couldnt handle the rejection..his whole existence & self esteem depended on her being with him….says it all.

  6. nyc says:

    I just don’t understand how violent someone can get in a relationship that has gone bad ? Get over it and turn a new chapter in your life ! What a horrible way to die .Guess there is that thin line between love and hate !

  7. Zeeba Neeba says:

    Natalie there are many MEN out there who would love to find someone to be friends with, to respect and to date. The trouble is, they are never noticed!

  8. mm says:

    she wanted the few” extara inches” and paid with her life…all that $$ and education and your daughters lay with PIG thugs…tsk tsk slumming is dangerous white girls wake up

  9. R says:

    If found guilty, they should do the same to him. Why should we pay to take care of this low life. I don’t understand why the neighbors did not call 911.

    1. 1608 says:

      This morning they said a 15y.o. did call 911 but the police (who NEVER lie) could find a record of it at the time. Why this was not in the update, so they can as many hits on this as they can. To them its news nothing more.

  10. Baxter Thomas says:

    This is very sad. Ms. Sarah’s Coit, was young and extremely beautiful. I live to be with a beautiful “White” Queen. It really hard me, to know that some “White” females are not wise in “discerning taste”. “Black” and Hispanic males don’t know the true value of a good females. “White” females are the only real support that we have in this world, and the only ones who can be trusted, and love. My prays go out to y=her family and friends, and may she rest in peace, with “G-D”.

  11. billie says:

    Absolutely!!!!!!!!!

  12. Richard Head says:

    Looky here: it’s an ‘internet tuff guy’!

    1. Zekariyas Ze says:

      Mr. Head,

      You are sick individal. Plese to die.

  13. HARLEM GOING H.A.M. says:

    I DONT THINK SO. MY OPINION. I’M A BLACK CIVIL ENGINEER. PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS BE ATTRACTED TO OTHER PEOPLE. BUT I WATCH ANY GUY IN HIS MID 30’S PURSUING GIRLS IN THEIR 20’S. AUTOMATIC RED FLAG. MOST OLDER MEN THAT PURSUE YOUNG GIRLS HAVE ISSUES, WHICH IS WHY THEY DON’T MESS WITH A PEER. AS A BLACK MAN, WHO HAS NEVER HIT A WOMEN, THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL. KILL HIS BUTT AND LET GOD SORT HIM OUT./ PERIOD

  14. Schadenfreude says:

    I am so surprised by these comments! You people are all getting what you deserve. I hope you really like yourselves when you look in the mirror. Good luck in New America, you finally got the country/government that truly represents what you believe in.

    1. Lamont Biggs says:

      Schad,

      Inhale my gas.

  15. sharon wolff says:

    the nieghbors who heard the noise and didn’t call police should be ashamed of themselves. This is the Kitty Genovese murder all over again. Hey neighbors, you are behind closed doors, just pick up the darn phone and call 911.
    Sad very sad. As for the idiot who wrote, “you reap what you sow” and the other idiot, “how do you know it was the boyfriend….maybe someone else did it”, when was the last time you folks had brain scans?

  16. Willy says:

    Once you go black, you never come back !!

  17. Bell Toller says:

    yeah ok

  18. Matt says:

    Naaww.. Poor black man. The gullible white ho wanted to break up and he wanted to keep polluting her.. sob story.

    1. HARLEM GOING H.A.M. says:

      I THINK IT IS VERY DISRESPECTFUL TO THE YOUNG LADY WHO LOST HER LIFE. FOR TO REFER TOHER AS A HOE. THE LOST OF HER LIFE IS ENOUGH. LET’S NOT TAKE AWAY RESPECT FOR HER. THE LOW LIFE WHO KILLED HER DESERVES NOTHING BUT DEATH.

  19. Moral Truth says:

    Why didn’t the neighbors call 911 if they continued to hear screaming before this incident. If it happened once I can see but after a few time they shoul’dve called 911.

    If they did this fatality may have been avoided and thats the moral truth.

  20. Zekariyas Ze says:

    This is really very bad

  21. Zekariyas Ze says:

    This is devils work!!

  22. Chichi says:

    That guy Raul Barrera should be killed because it was an intentional act, for him to have stabbed her is a different thing but for him to grab her throat and slashed it is purposeful. Pls the law should not spear him. He deserve a capital punishment.

    1. Moral Truth says:

      Chici how do you know for sure it was intentional? Were you there?

  23. Midnite says:

    US Police Dept reports:
    One out of every five people is a victim of a crime in the United States every year, said the report. The United States reports the world’ s highest incidence of violent crimes, and its people’s lives, properties and personal security are not duly protected, the report said.
    The United States also ranks first in the world in terms of the number of privately-owned guns and has high incidence of gun-related crimes, said the report, noting that the United States exercised lax control on the already rampant gun ownership.
    & if this crime was done by any MUSLIM then US media was going to post that article like that “Muslim Charged In Fatal Stabbing Of College Student”

    “GOD BLESS THIS PLANET EARTH”

  24. Jesus says:

    SKIP these sort of things are usually done by ignorant rednecks like you.

  25. khulifi says:

    Thats bad comment

  26. elizabeth bolo says:

    let us all cherish the sanctity of life,we have no right whatsoever to take it ,including our own,sorry to all family members and friends of Sarah

  27. DF says:

    If any of you happen to be outraged in your relationship and hate your partner to an extent you could kill, why not breakup/divorce?????????? Could save tears of many and most imporatantly save you from a very long jail time.

  28. HB says:

    People are talking about standards and principles, there’s no boy friend girl friend relationship in history, these things are new in this lost world. There is only marriage between two lovers who can sacrifice for each other and not kill each other.

  29. carol says:

    Why she would choose to hook up with a low life is beyond me – nature has unseen laws made over thousands of centuries – when you choose an unsuitable mate, disaster looms..I wish some young women would be more discerning in taste.
    sad.

    1. Captain says:

      Carol…he prob has satisfying appendage thats why she hooked up!! dumb choice

      1. carol says:

        Thats not always true about the appendage – but then when people like you say things like that, then you create a myth …which unfortunately some people out there do believe..there are smart women out there who make good smart choices..and are happy..and alive.

    2. mike says:

      because he is black that means he is low life dont be stupid im black and ive neen dating the hottest girls in nyc for 10yrs if your black speak well have the right friends life is great in nyc but u dont put your hands on a women no matter what

  30. Balboa High School, Panama says:

    Skin Color has nothing 2 do with what happen… This happens in any type of skin color… So please let’s not get started with dat… This should haved never happend… Regarless of the Skin Color…

  31. Balboa High School, Panama says:

    Its just a Shocker, specially when You know the person who commited the Crime. Yes, I went 2 school with him and he was relatively quiet, but some how things started to change & was getting much attention because of his Athletic activities with others… I cant say anything negative about him back then, but the reality is that this happened, and is So Sad to se this happen to anyone. I am Speachless…

    1. classmate of accused says:

      I went to school with him also, I feel the same as you do, just heard about this from another classmate..our heart goes out to the victim & to our classmate…we know he was sweet, quiet, nothing like these blogs are describing him…the news article says she described herself as a swinger on her facebook page, so he probably caught her cheating & beat up a guy before he found her cheating with but that is still no excuse for what he did..SHOCKER..he should have just tell her bounce..he could have had any girl he wanted…NO EXCUSE FOR HIS BEHAVIOR, my prayers for the victims families, they are innocent

  32. George S says:

    Don’t mean to sound cold. Poor choices, that simple.

  33. stangace20 says:

    This is what happens when you don’t have standards

  34. mjones says:

    i wonder what kept all of those neighbors from just picking up the phone and dialing 91? what is wrong with people?

    1. Way to Think says:

      Because they would have gotten there in time, I’m sure.

    2. Eva says:

      This reminded me of the Mary Joe Kopenee (sp) case in the 60’s where people looked out of their windows watching her get murdered and no one called the police,, amazing.

  35. maritess siozon says:

    What a coward…..i hate that guy!!..he should cut his own throat instead!!!…..only crazy man can do such things……

  36. DB says:

    The company you keep and the choices you make will define your legacy. Do you want to be a crime stat or a person? There were clearly warning signs she chose to ignore. But like most battered women she followed the path they usually take, which is not to leave thinking things will be better, he supports me where will I go, what will my friends think, he’s telling my friends and family I’m a liar and they won’t believe etc etc. Sad.

  37. LT ASIAN says:

    ANNOUNCEMENT ANYONE WHO HA A PARTNER AND EVEN YOUR B.F OR HUSBAND. BE ACREFULL ….. YOU CANT TRUST ANYBODY IN THIS WORLD .. SMALL ARGUMENT ITS GOIND TO BIG SPECIALLY INVOLVE A RELATIONSHIP… SO ITS BETTER KEEP AND WATCH BECAUSE THE EVIL LIKE A ROARING LION LOOKING FOR A VICTIMS… SO IN THIS WORLD SATAN THE EVIL… CAN ENFLUENCE YOUR MIND .. YOU STAY FROM A PERSON WHO YOU DONT KNOW ABOUT THE BACKGROUND..,,, NOW ITS HARD TO DEAL A PERSON ,,,BETTER STAY AWAKE AND KEEP PRAYER AND DONT ARGUING IF HIS GOING TO CRAZY…

    1. D'Brickashaw Chang says:

      LT ASIAN,

      Speak Engrish!

    2. ANALTIMETWISTER says:

      ILL TAKE THE PORK FRIED LICE WITH 2 EGG ROLLS AND SWEAT AND SOUR SAUCE PLEEZE…

  38. Bear Buyer says:

    I didn’t know you couldn do that.

  39. apples says:

    I AGREE…HERE IS A PRETTY GIRL INVOLVED WITH A LOW LIFE!!! There are NO good men anymore!

    1. SKIP says:

      yes there are, and we are White, non muslim and citizens.

      1. Zeeba Neeba says:

        so true Skip, so very true!

    2. mike nnawuchi says:

      it was kitty genovese you dumb inbred fool mary jo was drowned by edward kennedy in a car accident

  40. Leonard says:

    I’m one of the “nice guys” who can’t find a woman. I’ve been told that I’m not assertive enough and I’m too boring. Nice girls go for tough guys who abuse them.

    1. nathan says:

      Lenny – get a leather jacket, don’t shave so often, pump some iron and curse once in a while. You’ll get more P than you can handle.

  41. Ellen says:

    What is it with these young women going out with thugs. What’s the matter with a nice, decent man?

    1. Natalie says:

      that’s because there are NO NICE DECENT MEN!! most men that i’ve dated only want one thing, then they aren’t interested anymore. you tell me where to find decent and normal men and i will go there. i guess sometimes, you are better off alone.

      1. CatsAreBetter says:

        Natalie,

        Not alone — Stephanie Plum has a hamster, you might try a cat! Seriously, it becomes harder to find decent, respectable, and (rare as hens’ teeth!) employed men. Notice I didn’t add intelligent, normal, or affectionate! That’s why this 23 year old ended up with a 33 year old loser. Guess who was paying the rent, supporting the pair of them, while he whined that everyone was against him.

      2. jack tripper says:

        Let me guess Natalie….you are single and lonely…..
        keep up the positive outlook on men, soon you’ll be old, in addition to lonely

      3. Jeff R says:

        Actually Natalie there are a lot of nice decent men around The only thing is as a rule they’re shy and unaggressive and afraid to ask girls out. So if you find someone who seems that way make the move and ask him out!!!

      4. Raul Lumacad says:

        It’s just that most people who are so nice and unaggressive are gay

      5. SKIP says:

        Lots of us good men are in Afghanistan and Iraq. Keep in mind, we are also WHITE and non muslim!!

    2. Shawn says:

      That’s because these young women have been brainwashed by the media from the day they were born that “nice, decent men” are serial killers who stalk women, cut them up, and stash them in a refrigerator. Or kill their wife, and do the same.

      When that rare crime happens somewhere in a white suburb, it’s a national news story. When 100’s of these crimes happen in Harlem or some other ghetto, it’s a statistic in the back of your newspaper.

      It’s sad that Sarah unlearned those early teen-hood “media lessons” when the knife had already been halfway past her throat, stuck there by her precious black boyfriend, who was just so sweet before it happened, and who Sarah, between all the warning signs, hoped to “change” as a self-righteous, self-sacrificing, brainwashed, young white woman whose proper job it is, as she learned when growing up, is to spread “diversity” and avoid those evil, white “creepy” men.

  42. Adam says:

    That Asian juror who was villified -said she did not respect hispanics and blacks when reading the papers, presumably. Looking at this article and the other ones. The black girls slicing the face of a girl whose crime was she was pretty. This violence does not bring respect. And it’s up to hispanics and blacks to stop this violence since obviously no one else can.

  43. M. B. Brown says:

    Woman than hang with Macho tough men and think it’s
    cute when they call you Mommy should learn that these
    guys never leave their woman and won’t let them go away
    from them either. Sad but these men rather murder than
    be left alone.

    1. mike says:

      i agree nothing more dangerous than a dominican man being rejected i for one never date a girl with a Dominican ex-boyfriend

  44. Jennifer says:

    It is true that people have to much weapons in the USA

    1. matt says:

      You don’t have any knives in your kitchen?

  45. Bob says:

    As I understand it, New York has the “toughest” weapons control laws in the United States. I remember a case back in the ’60s where a woman, who stabbed her attacker with a hat pin, was put on trial for assault with a deadly weapon. Do you need new laws, hell no! Just enforce those laws that are already on the books, but use a bit of common sence when applying the law.

    1. RealityCheck says:

      @Bob: You cannot rely on the police anymore. Bloomberg and the rest of NYC has deemed them overpaid. So why should they respond to your 911 call?

  46. NORMAN says:

    How brave and STUPID Raul is- TOO stupid to walk away (PROBABLY CAN’T TAKE REJECTION), needs a knife to settle matters . Solution? Self-Defence! Whatever means that is required to SURVIVE. Deadly Force is a SURVIVAL mode. If this innocent woman was armed, her chances of SURVIVAL would have increased appreciably !! Hopefully , those of you who ‘entangled’
    with HOT HEADED boy friends-WILL TAKE HEED!!

  47. Keepin it real says:

    Another law is not what is needed. Good common sense & moral intent towards your fellow human is what is needed. Peoples minds & hearts towards each other is focused on evil & not moral intent. The knife or the gun or any other weapon is the tool used, the person committing the crime is the one in the wrong. Whether the crime is physical, mental, emotional, racial, financial… peoples hearts & minds are disgusting towards one another. People need to focus on their hate issues not solely on the “law”.

  48. Tony Boxxo says:

    There are far too many unregulated and unregistered knives out there in the hands of unqualified and untrained people. Now is the time for effective knife control laws. Possession of a knife should require police licensing after a thorough background check, including criminal record, mental hygiene history and a knife safety training course. Knife owners should also be required to carry liability insurance. Even if it saves one life it is worh the inconvenience to the public. Where is Chuck Schumber when you need him? Why the silence?

    1. 1608 says:

      Dose the gun laws ring a bell?

      Good how’s that workin?

      1. stangace20 says:

        it’s a stabbing not a shooting

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