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Cecile Garbarino, Wesley Hills homicide victim, to be buried Friday

NEWS12 WESTCHESTER: Hudson Valley mourns murder victim. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Funeral services have been set for a school secretary who was found beaten to death after an alleged domestic dispute with her ex-boyfriend in her Wesley Hills home Friday.

Cecile Marie Garbarino, 68, was found dead in her house at 171 Grandview Ave., allegedly slain by Riad Dib, 66, police said. He struck her nearly two dozen times with a thick-heeled boot and then kicked and punched her, police said.

Ramapo police said the unmarried couple lived together, but Garbarino's son, Michael Garbarino, told News12 his mother had ended a relationship with Dib a year-and-a-half ago.

Visiting hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home in Suffern. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Wesley Hills, with burial to follow at F.W. Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery in New Hempstead.

Garbarino's colleagues at Lime Kiln Elementary School in Suffern were devastated, saying everyone who knew her was inspired by the passion she had for the students in the school, News12 reported. "She would bend over backward to help anyone, and she really had a love for the children," said Lori Grant, a Lime Kiln Elementary employee.

A grand jury is expected to hear the case Wednesday, News12 reported. Dib is being held at Rockland County Jail without bail. He is charged with second-degree murder and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

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