A man and woman killed in an alleged Matinecock murder-suicide Monday were a divorced couple who had gotten into an argument as they were stopped in their minivan on Oyster Bay Road, Nassau police said Tuesday.
Police didn't give a motive, but said Eddy Abregu, 51, who sat in the passenger's seat, shot his ex-wife, Clara Urbina-Villalobos, 45, once. Abregu then turned the gun on himself, police said.
The news came as a shock at the Glen Cove duplex where the couple had lived together until recently on the bottom floor. A man who identified himself as Urbina-Villalobos' brother, but who wouldn't give his name, seethed as he stood by the ground-floor residence.
"He killed my sister," the man said. ". . . Ask anyone who's ever met my sister, and they would tell you she was a wonderful person."
The man said Urbina-Villalobos had two daughters, 21 and 8. She had worked as a housekeeper, he said, adding that Abregu worked as an independent cabdriver. Police said Urbina-Villalobos had been on her way to work when she was killed.
She had moved out of the Glen Cove apartment with her younger daughter a couple of months ago and moved in with an older sister, the man said.
The daughters were with the sister, he said, declining to describe the couple's problems.
It was unclear why the two were together Tuesday. Geoffrey Whitely, 51, who lives next door, said Urbina-Villalobos was often at her former husband's apartment. Whitely said he'd never heard arguments. Abregu, Whitely said, was hardworking and cheerful.
Urbina-Villalobos "seemed like a nice lady," Whitely said.
The bodies were discovered Monday morning when a motorist reported seeing a disturbance in the van, said Det. Lt. John Azzata, commanding officer of the Nassau Homicide Squad.
Police found Urbina-Villalobos in the driver's seat and Abregu in the passenger's seat. A handgun was found in the car.
With Gary Dymski