Stamford father speaks after body of son found in shallow grave in NJ

Joseph "Joey" Comunale  (WABC)
Joseph "Joey" Comunale (WABC)


STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Pat Comunale, of Stamford, learned Wednesday that a body found in a shallow grave in New Jersey was that of his son, 26 year old Joey Comunale.

“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.

Related: Report: Body found in New Jersey possibly connected to missing Stamford man

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.

Related: Stamford man missing after going into luxury apartment in Manhattan

Police were eventually led to a wooded area in Ocean Port, NJ where they found Comunale’s body in a shallow grave. According to WABC, he was stabbed repeatedly. Now his family and friends are trying to make sense of what happened.

“Everybody who came in contact with this kid loved him. He was one of a kind,” said Pat Comunale.

Police say two men are in custody. Their role in the crime is unclear as of right now.

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