TEANECK, N.J. — A vigil was held for a New Jersey mother who was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend, a former NYPD officer, on Thursday.
The Teaneck community mourned the lose of Suzanne Bardzell, 48, who was a mother to 16- and 18-year-old children.
Bardzell was stabbed to death a machete-like knife just moments after she pulled into her Godwin Avenue driveway in Midland Park.
“To go through this it hurts, we just don’t see this in a town so small,” neighbor Pam Goenaat said.
Police said the main suspect is Bardzell’s former boyfriend, 44-year-old Aurthur Lomando. He and Bardzell dated for three years after they met online. Prosecutors said he is a fired NYPD officer. Bardzell had a restraining order against him.
Bardzell was also a Teaneck Special Education teacher. Many of her former students, co workers, friends and family are still shocked by her quick death.
“We need to come together and I’m here to show my love for the family going through a tragedy,” neighbor Sharon VanderWeit said.
Lomando faces murder charges. He remains in the hospital after he walked in front of a subway train after the stabbing, officials said. He injured both of his legs.