NEW YORK (PIX11) – “It’s my ultimate goal that someday we’ll be together,” said Theresa Mapes.
Theresa Mapes and her 29-year-old daughter, Simeonette, were as close as a mother and daughter could be.
Then, last July, her best friend and only daughter was murdered. Her daughter’s husband was arrested and charged with her killing.
“I want belongings that meant something to Simeonette and I,” said Mapes.
A year later, the state is having an auction at Simeonette’s Staten Island home — the scene of the alleged murder — to auction the belongings inside shared by her and her husband.
Mapes was able to take some of her daughter’s personal belongings, but she said there’s more she wants. Because of estate laws, however, they’re not entitled to them.
The Richmond County Public Administrator told PIX11 News that both families of the accused, Jonathan Crupi, and the Simonette Mapes’ family were escorted through the home and were able to take personal items out.
Property tagged by both families, or not tagged at all, cannot be taken and must be auctioned, however. Some of the proceeds will go to both of the families.
Mapes told PIX11 she’s not even permitted to buy at the auction. The Richmond county public administrator told PIX11 Mapes can be there and bid.
John and Theresa lost the light of their lives, now they feel like their losing more of their daughter.
An attorney for Crupi had no comment.
The auction will be held on Suday.