The public school teacher who was found stabbed to death in her Staten Island home on Thursday was remembered as an "angel" by family and friends. Simeonette Mapes' uncle told the Post, "Anybody that had ever known her would say that she was an angel — and to me, she really was." Apparently when 15 students couldn't pay for graduation caps and gowns, she paid for them.
Mapes, who taught at the School for Classics: An Academy of Thinkers, Writers and Performers in East New York, Brooklyn, was found in the apartment's entryway by her husband and fellow teacher, Jonathan Crupi, around 2 p.m. The Daily News reports, "Crupi, 30, told police he made the shocking discovery. His wife was in a pool of blood and the condo appeared to have been ransacked. Oddly, the couple’s dogs were locked in a room and neighbors didn’t hear them barking, police sources said. The dogs would have reacted to the presence of a stranger. There were no signs of forced entry. And sources said no valuables were taken, including an expensive Movado watch."
Crupi now has a lawyer, but has not been named a suspect.