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Cops: Murder-suicide in Roosevelt

Nassau County police investigate a possible murder-suicide on

Nassau County police investigate a possible murder-suicide on East Raymond Street in Roosevelt. (July 6, 2012) Credit: Jim Staubitser

A Roosevelt man fatally stabbed a woman -- believed to be his ex-girlfriend -- not far from her home Thursday morning, then killed himself, police said.

The unidentified man and woman argued on the corner of Nassau Road and East Raymond Avenue in Roosevelt, and that argument "proceeded down the street," Nassau police homicide chief John Azzata said.

The victim was trying to return home on East Raymond to a room she rented two months ago from the Garcia family, said Erika Garcia, a family member.

Her father, Arnold Garcia, 55, heard their tenant's screams and went down the block to help her, said Erika Garcia, 25, who translated for her father.

The tenant, a native of Honduras, ran toward Garcia's father, repeatedly screaming, "él me mató" -- Spanish for "he killed me," Erika Garcia said.

"He tried to help her but he couldn't do anything," Erika Garcia said. "It was too late."

Police, responding to a 9:25 a.m. call of shots fired, instead found the stabbing victim dead on a sidewalk on East Raymond, Azzata said.

Police went to the suspect's home on Union Place and found that he had committed suicide by stabbing himself, Azzata said. Azzata did not say what led police to the suspect's home.

Police said the man was born in 1975, the woman in 1979.

Azzata said the victim had gone to Family Court and secured a restraining order against the suspect on June 15. She had not contacted police, he said.

Erika Garcia described the man as an ex-boyfriend who was jealous because the victim was seeing another man.

"She knew this guy was following her, but she wasn't scared," Garcia said.

Garcia said her parents saw a man riding a bicycle back and forth in front of their home shortly before their tenant got into an argument with the suspect.

It was that man, she said, who got into the argument with their tenant down the block before she was killed.

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