Three women were attacked and killed inside their Long Island home early Saturday in an apparent domestic dispute, and police are hunting for the suspected killer, relatives and cops said.
Nassau cops swarmed Perry Street in Hempstead as they investigated the triple homicide. A fourth victim survived the attack, police said.
The three victims died of “blunt force trauma,” said cops. Police said they are searching for a “person of interest” in the killing.
Neighbors and relatives identified the dead as Lynn Vanderhall, 58, her daughter Melissa, 29, and family friend Janel Simpson.
“Is my daughter alive? Is my daughter alive? She came to visit her friend,” Simpson’s mother, Wendy, screamed as she arrived at the crime scene.
“The mother went bananas when they told her daughter is dead,” said a neighbor, describing how police went into the house and came back out to speak to Wendy Simpson.
“She was beautiful. She was my sweetheart,” a distraught Simpson said of her daughter as she sat in a folding chair, surrounded by family and friends. “She was respectful. She honored her mother. I’m numb, I haven’t digested it yet.”
Lynn and Melissa Vanderhall’s family had just visited the house last week, a cousin said.
“That’s my family,” the cousin said. “This s—t is crazy. It’s like a movie script. My head is pounding.”
Melissa Vanderhall was a standout volleyball player at the University of Tampa when her father, Bobby Vanderhall, died unexpectedly of a heart attack several years ago.
Her heart was with her mom, Lynn, who was caring for Melissa’s schizophrenic brother, the Tampa Tribune reported.
“My older brother has schizophrenia so my mom has to stay with him,” Melissa Vanderhall told the newspaper of Bobby Vanderhall Jr.