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Irvington reels from 1st murder in over 40 yearsPosted: Updated:
Residents in Irvington are reeling from the first murder in the village in more than four decades.
Police say a woman fatally stabbed a co-worker at the River City Grille on South Broadway on Tuesday morning.
Rosa Ramirez, 27, faces a second-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Bonifacio A. Rodriguez, a 39-year-old from Yonkers, just before noon. They say the suspect stabbed Rodriguez in the chest multiple times with a kitchen knife. Rodriguez was taken to Westchester Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Police say the man and woman both worked in the kitchen and got into some sort of altercation that lead to the stabbing. News 12 has been told that the stabbing occurred as the restaurant was preparing for lunch, but no customers were in the restaurant at the time. "He was like a quiet guy, a really sweet guy. He's been there 20 years and this girl was brand new," says Harley Falasca, of Irvington.
Irvington Police Chief Michael Cerone says the killing prompted the village's first murder investigation in more than 40 years. The last was in 1974, what Cerone called the "Burnheart murder." "It involved more of a lovers' quarrel type incident," he says.
Ramirez is due in court April 16.