A Wesley Hills man accused of beating his estranged girlfriend to death Jan. 25 in their apartment has been indicted by a Rockland County grand jury on a second-degree murder charge.
Riad Dib, 66, struck Cecile Garbarino, 68, more than 20 times on the head and face with a blunt object, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said in announcing the indictment. He used a thick-heeled boot to beat Garbarino to death, authorities said.
Dib later dialed 911, and police arrived at the couple's apartment at 171 Grandview Ave. to find Garbarino dead on the bedroom floor and Dib wearing blood-spattered clothes, prosecutors said.
Dib immediately was taken into custody by Ramapo police.
A lawyer for Dib could not be located.
Ramapo police said the unmarried couple lived together, but Garbarino's son, Michael Garbarino, said his mother -- who worked as a school secretary at Lime Kiln Elementary School in Suffern -- had ended a relationship with Dib a year and a half before she was killed.
Garbarino's funeral is scheduled for 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 work colleagues were stunned by her killing, 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.
Dib, who is being held without bail at Rockland County Jail, faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.