UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Hofstra University student and an armed suspect were fatally shot during a break-in early Friday morning in Uniondale, police said.
The victim has been identified as 21-year-old college junior Andrea Rebello of Tarrytown, N.Y., police said.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, there was a definite sadness on campus Friday afternoon.
“She’s a very sweet girl. I used to see her around all the time, she’s very good friends with a couple of my other friends,” Rebello’s friend told Hall.
A private memorial was held on campus Friday evening for students and faculty. The shooting rocked the campus on what was the last day of finals.
“I heard the screams and then I looked outside and there’s police officers everywhere. And it was a girl screaming. It was the most horrifying scream I’ve heard in my entire life,” neighbor Victoria Dehel told CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff. “It was awful.”
“I heard screams and I told my boyfriend, I said ‘Frank, I think someone just got murdered by the way the scream was, that was so awful,'” Dehel added.
Students woke up to a campus alert, horrified to learn a classmate was killed.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s so sad and this happens all the time, that’s whats upsetting,” a Hofstra student told Gusoff.
“It’s supposed to be a sweet ending to a college year, now it’s a bitter ending,” Scott Aharoni, a Hofstra freshman, told Gusoff.
Rebello, her twin sister Jessica, a man and another woman were inside a house Rebello shared with her sorority sisters at 213 California Ave., when a gunman wearing a ski mask forced his way in around 2:28 a.m., Nassau County Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack said.
Police arrived at the house 10 minutes after the suspect allowed one of the women to leave, possibly to go get cash. The woman then called 911, Lack said.