2 Men Charged With Murder in Stabbing Death of Joseph Comunale

Joseph "Joey" Comunale (WABC)

NEW YORK (WTNH/ABC News) — Police in New York have charged two men with murder in the Upper East Side stabbing death of 26-year-old Joseph “Joey” Comunale.

James Rackover of Manhattan and Lawrence Dilione of New Jersey face second-degree murder, tampering and hindering prosecution charges, according to the New York Police Department.

“He was loved by everybody, he had hundreds of friends, he didn’t deserve this,” said Pat Comunale during an interview with our sister station WABC in New York.

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According to police, Joey Comunale traveled to Manhattan on Saturday with friends to attend a party at the Grand Sutton, a luxury apartment at 418 E. 59th Street. According to WABC, The Hofstra graduate stayed at the party after his friends left early Sunday morning. Pat Comunale reported his son missing on Monday.

Police found a substantial amount of blood evidence inside the Grand Sutton. Comunale’s clothing was also found in plastic bags that were discarded through a garbage chute in the building.

Comunale, of Stamford, was last seen Sunday morning on New York City’s Upper East Side, according to police. Police believe they recovered his body in a shallow grave Wednesday in Oceanport, N.J.

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