ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) – Police say an Orange mother is killed by her own son in their family home on Wildrose Road.
Bobbi Belmont lives down the road. She said, “It’s just shocking. It’s just totally shocking.” Down the street Richard Basile saw the police when he got home and said, “The road was blocked off. I didn’t know what was going on just that there was an active investigation.”
Police said Claudia Granata, 58 was killed by her son Timothy, 22. The mother of three was found by other family members according to police. They called 911. Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne said, “A couple of family members came home. We’re not sure who was in the house at the time of the homicide.”
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Gagne said Timothy was down the road close to home when they arrived. He was unarmed and didn’t run. They’re looking into whether they’ve responded to this home before. “We’ve been there for some burglar alarms things of that nature. We’re also researching other matters that we responded for,” said Gagne.
The Chief would not say how she died until the autopsy is done. “The Granata family has asked us to convey that they wish to thank everyone for rallying around them at this difficult and tragic time and are grateful for the prayers and thoughts,” said Gagne.
Belmont said, “I don’t know what could drive a person to do that. The police haven’t really been called for noise. I haven’t heard anything.”
“It’s just a very quiet neighborhood. There’s never really anything going on here,” said Basile.
Granata is being held on $2 million bond. He’s scheduled to be arraigned in Derby Superior Court Friday morning on the murder charge.
Classmates say he used to attend Hopkins School in New Haven where he was a wrestler. They said he graduated in 2010 and went on to attend Lehigh University. The last homicide in Orange was in 1992 when a son killed his mother.