The East Norwich woman found dead in a Bay Shore parking lot last week was a talented singer who taught cosmetology.

Saundra Simonée, who had worked for more than three decades at the Nassau BOCES center, was a teacher for the Barry Tech Cosmetology Program at the Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Education Center in Westbury, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The school issued a statement, which was also posted on the center's website, expressing sadness over the news. The statement said Simonée "shared her beautiful voice" by singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Nassau BOCES graduation ceremonies.

"Through the years, Saundra has received accolades by being a very inspiring educator. She will be dearly missed by her students and peers. Our thoughts and sympathy are with her family and friends," the statement said.

Rosemarie Castanza, a friend and former vocal coach and piano accompanist, first learned of Simonée's death on Monday through someone at the career center. Castanza, who said she's known Simonée for more than a decade, described their relationship as a musical one.

"She was just a lovely person and I'm just devastated," she said Tuesday. "Music and singing was really her strong love."

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Attempts to reach Simonée's family were unsuccessful. As of Tuesday night, funeral arrangements had not been announced.

Simonée, 59, was found dead Friday morning in a rear parking lot at The Birches apartment complex on South Clinton Avenue.

Suffolk police have determined her death is a homicide but they have not said how Simonée was killed. No arrests have been made.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.