A beloved kids camp director was brutally stabbed to death inside his family's Long Island home earlier this month and on Friday a man he's been in a romantic relationship with was arrested in connection with his murder.
Evan Grabelsky, 32, had suffered more than 100 stab wounds when his body was found June 1 in Merrick, New York. His parents found his body when they returned home after attending a family party, Det. Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said at a press conference held on Saturday.
Ryan Lindquist, 21, was arrested and is expected to be charged with second-degree murder.
Lindquist and the victim had been in a romantic relationship for about a year after meeting around two years ago on a dating app.
“That night while the parents were out at a party, they had met at the house for a social arrangement,” Fitzpatrick said. “During that time together at the house, during that date, something happened where Ryan stabbed Mr. Grabelsky over 100 times, causing his death.”
The violence erupted in Grabelsky’s bedroom and then “escalated throughout the house,” Fitzpatrick said, adding that his body was found in a common area of the home. He added that “it appears [Grabelsky] was trying to get away.”
“Both his hands were cut up, which is indicative with somebody who stabbed somebody over 100 times,” he said, adding that video surveillance, telephone conversations, text messaging and other evidence pointed to Lindquist as a suspect.
Linquist is expected to appear in court on June 18. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time. He reportedly works at a costume store, according to New York’s PIX11.
Grabelsky was a beloved school and camp counselor, the outlet reports. He worked as a special education paraprofessional at a high school for nearly four years and at a kids camp for more than two, according to a LinkedIn profile that appears to belong to him.
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