Marissa Pagli Strangled: Manhattanville College Student Allegedly Killed By Mother

04/25/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

UPDATE: The is reporting that Manhattanville student Marissa Pagli is believed to have been strangled to death by her mother.

The mother was found unconscious and is now recovering at the White Plains Hospital Center.

More details to come...


PURCHASE, N.Y. (Associated Press) - A police captain says a college student's father is not a suspect in her slaying at the family's apartment on the campus of a suburban New York college. But he is not ruling out the mother.

Harrison police Capt. Anthony Marraccini says Monday's killing of 18-year-old Marissa Pagli at Manhattanville College in Purchase was a "family matter."

He said Tuesday that Pagli's father discovered his daughter's body and is not a suspect. Her father is a maintenance supervisor at the college.

A college spokesman says Pagli's mother was found unconscious at the scene and was hospitalized. Her condition has not been made public and Marraccini would not say whether she had been questioned. But he says there was no search for a suspect.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) – A freshman at a private suburban college who grew up on campus as the daughter of a maintenance worker was found slain in her family's staff housing apartment, and police on Tuesday characterized the killing as domestic violence.

Harrison police Capt. Anthony Marraccini said investigators were "not actively seeking a suspect" in Monday's killing at Manhattanville College. He would not elaborate except to say it was a "family matter."

The college identified the student as Marissa Pagli, 18, a freshman volleyball player at the school in Purchase, about 27 miles northeast of Manhattan.

The student's mother was found unconscious when the girl was found dead, and was hospitalized, said Peter Giles, a college spokesman. Police said they had been in contact with the father, a maintenance supervisor at the school, but would not disclose his whereabouts. Marraccini would not say if either parent was a suspect.

Marraccini, the acting Harrison police chief, said he was awaiting autopsy results before revealing cause of death or other findings. His office said later that no more information would be released Tuesday.

Officials said the campus was safe and classes were being held as scheduled.

President Molly Easo Smith said Pagli "grew up on our campus and many of our staff and faculty knew her long before she enrolled."

"The community is shocked, saddened," she said. "Our community now is concentrating on remembering her and honoring her." Reporters were not permitted to talk to students on campus.

The college is a liberal arts school of about 3,000 students. Full-time, full-price undergraduate students pay about $45,000 a year for tuition and room and board.

Several women from the Kennedy family attended Manhattanville, including Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the mother of President John F. Kennedy, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, his sister and founder of the Special Olympics. The college was a women's school until 1969 and Catholic until 1971.

Giles said grief counseling was available to students on Tuesday. Smith said the college was welcoming suggestions for how to honor Pagli.

A tribute page was posted on Facebook.

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