EXCLUSIVE: Strange Twists And Turns In Italian College Student Murder Probe

Sources: Old Flame Killed Rita Morelli, Then Tried To Kill Himself

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was an arrest Wednesday night in the baffling murder of an Italian college student and waitress.

Sources told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis her killer is an old flame, who called police himself and left a note.

Only CBS 2 was there Wednesday night as NYPD officers searched a Bronx apartment building for clues to a killing.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

Rita Morelli, 36, who attended Hunter College, was found strangled and stabbed last Wednesday in her apartment on East 120th Street in Harlem.

Sources have confirmed 41-year-old Bakary Camara is the prime suspect. He’s been formally charged with second degree murder.

Officers on the scene were tight lipped. Investigators combed through plastic storage drums looking for clues, but the big break came from a 911 call allegedly made by the suspect on Thanksgiving, saying: “By now you’ve found the body on East 120th. When you find my dead body, you will find a note in my pocket explaining everything.”

“I’m surprised because if it’s the guy that I think, he’s very nice,” one neighbor said.

Police sources said “the guy” is Camara, an old boyfriend of Morelli’s. He was traced from the 911 call to his apartment on Valentine Avenue.

Inside, he allegedly threatened officers with a knife, then stabbed himself, and had to be rushed to the hospital in critical condition and under police guard.

And sources said, as promised, there was a crumpled note in his pocket that referred to the murder on East 120th and the victim’s name, “Rita.”

Her co-workers at an Upper East Side restaurant spoke to CBS 2’s John Slattery shortly after the murder.

“It sounds like she was tricked into opening the door. I don’t think it was random. I think she knew who this person was,” Katie Dulub said.

Still unanswered is why. With the victim dead, and the suspect in the hospital, sources said investigators for now are treating this as a crime of passion.

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  1. Muh lips, muh lips says:

    Put a pair of Lip Plates on him and parade him around on satellite TV.

  2. sonya says:

    this is what happens when you date a negro, especially from africa. most black males are natural rapists, woman beaters, and very possessive as well. young white women should refrain from dating negro males. negro males are hazardous to non-negro women.

  3. A "Going Postal" Worker says:

    What a terrible tragedy – my heart goes out to the victim’s family.

    MSavage – the only thing Savage about you is your gigantic stupidity. Not yet time for “Jersey Shore” reruns or hot-dog eating contests (so why don’t you go back to sleep).

    Unless the case is truly sensational (the cretins who murdered that poor doctor’s family in Conn, or beautiful but psycho women who kill their babies), it is CBS’ fashion to only show the suspect’s picture if they’re black or hispanic.

  4. MIKE says:

    WHEN TIS STORY FIRST BROKE EVERYONE HERE MAKING COMMENTS BLAMED BLACK PEOPLE FOR THIS MURDER…WE ARE NOT KILLERS AND MURDERERS.

    LOOK IN THE MIRROR, AND PLEASE STOP WITH THE RACIST COMMENTS.

    1. sonya says:

      NO IT’S NOT RACIST, IT IS A KNOWN FACT A LOT OF BLACK MALES ARE HOSTILE, VIOLENT AND ARE NATURAL RAPISTS TO WHITE WOMEN. FACE THE TRUTH.

  5. MSavage says:

    “Bakary Camara”? Sounds like a black still a bit fresh off the banana boat.

    1. Tinklebell says:

      These European idiots don’t get it.

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