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September 29, 2009
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N.Y. police detective fatally stabs wife, himself

By Rocco LaDuca and Courtney Potts
Utica Observer-Dispatch

DEERFIELD, N.Y. — Whatever drove Utica police Investigator Joseph Longo Jr. to stab his wife to death before then fatally stabbing himself inside their Deerfield home Monday afternoon may forever remain a mystery.

After one of Longo’s young sons discovered his injured parents upon returning home shortly before 4 p.m., his father was alive long enough to mutter to a state trooper that he had killed his 38-year-old wife, Kristin Longo, before turning the knife on himself, officials said. Roughly 30 minutes later, 41-year-old Joseph Longo was dead at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. As a result, four children now are without their mother and father, the Utica Police Department once again finds itself having to cope with the shockwaves of tragedy, and the questions behind what went wrong that day may never have easy answers.

“We will do an investigation and try to determine why he did what he did, but it’s certainly going to be difficult,” state police Troop D. Capt. Frank Coots said during a news conference Monday evening outside the Longos’ 10508 Cosby Manor Road home.

Read full story: Utica police investigator Longo kills wife, self in Deerfield


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