NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Neighbors in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn were in shock Tuesday afternoon, after a woman was allegedly stabbed to death by her own husband.
It happened just before 2:30 a.m. when police were called on a report of an assault at an apartment on Marine Avenue in Bay Ridge.
When officers arrived, police said they found 46-year-old Gyltene “Julie” Rugova stabbed in the neck. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators believe Rugova’s 52-year-old husband — Hasan “Sammy” Rugova stabbed her to death and then slashed their 14-year-old son in the arm when he tried to intervene, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported. Police said he then stabbed himself in the stomach.
Rugova’s husband and their son, Ibrahim, were both taken to Lutheran Medical Center and were last listed in stable condition.
Hasan Rugova was charged Tuesday evening with second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Friends and neighbors said Rugova was getting ready to open a new pizza shop with her oldest son. On Tuesday afternoon, the grand opening flags and green Mylar balloons were still flying outside the new Sammy’s Pizza Restaurant at 9102 Fourth Ave. in Brooklyn, but there will be no celebration.
“They were very excited,” said building owner Peter Christakos. “They seemed like a happy family.”
Ggikolmi said the pizzeria was going to be called Sammy’s in honor of Rugova’s husband.
“She was so happy for the pizza place she was going to open,” neighbor Mimoza Ggikolmi told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck. “She helped everybody here. Everybody loved her.”
Neighbors said Rugova and her husband had lived together in the same apartment building for more than two decades.
“She’s a very mother,” Ggikolmi told Brown. “She help everybody, she love everybody – she working so hard.”
Neighbors said Rugova was the superintendent of the building where they lived. Those who knew them said they were simply stunned.
“Disbelief – I can’t believe it,” said neighbor Eve Zubaidi.
There is no police record of domestic violence between the couple, though sources told CBS 2 they were arguing over alleged infidelity.
There is no police record of domestic violence between the couple. But sources told CBS 2 they were arguing over alleged infidelity, and close friends such as Ggikolmi said their relationship was volatile.
“I’m going to tell the truth – I hate him. I say all the time I hate him,” Ggikolmi told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond, “because he no have respect for nobody.”
The Rugovas had four children together between the ages of 12 and 20. Friends said they were staying with relatives nearby as they prepared to bury their mother.
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