Ex-boyfriend charged in fatal stabbing of NY woman

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Police have arrested an ex-boyfriend of a 24-year-old woman found stabbed to death in her Long Island home.

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Aurea Valdez-Cruz

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Im Leonardo's sister...He does have an attorney & his name is Michael Burger...I am not for what has happened to Joanna Bird,I think it was all wrong...I am deeply hurt that someone so beautiful,Innocent,with so much going for herself,& who was the mother of my niece nana,& my nephew lil leo had to go through this...My heart bleeds so bad for her....I loved Joanna as a sister,a best friend...My family loved Joanna as their own...We are so deeply sorry for her family's loss but she was ours too & the people who closely know us know that this is true...I loved Joanna with all my heart & for this reason my family and i decided what was wrong was wrong & he had to turn himself in at least for the kids sake...They need their family at this point in time...Im so deeply sorry once again for all that has happened especially to Joanna...Sometimes i hope that this was all a nightmare & when i pinch myself i could just wake up,but when i do i feel it...I wish that somehow we could have prevented this from happening...The police officers knew that my little brother was not always in his right state of mind...They knew he was smoking P.C.P & let him go on so many occasions....Someone has to face up to this issue....Thats all i have to say for now...Thank you....R.I.P Joanna Bird We all miss & love u
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We understand...he was just doing the job us Americans won't do.
May she rest in peace.
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Aurea Valdez-Cruz wrote:
Im Leonardo's sister...He does have an attorney & his name is Michael Burger...I am not for what has happened to Joanna Bird,I think it was all wrong...I am deeply hurt that someone so beautiful,Innocent,with so much going for herself,& who was the mother of my niece nana,& my nephew lil leo had to go through this...My heart bleeds so bad for her....I loved Joanna as a sister,a best friend...My family loved Joanna as their own...We are so deeply sorry for her family's loss but she was ours too & the people who closely know us know that this is true...I loved Joanna with all my heart & for this reason my family and i decided what was wrong was wrong & he had to turn himself in at least for the kids sake...They need their family at this point in time...Im so deeply sorry once again for all that has happened especially to Joanna...Sometimes i hope that this was all a nightmare & when i pinch myself i could just wake up,but when i do i feel it...I wish that somehow we could have prevented this from happening...The police officers knew that my little brother was not always in his right state of mind...They knew he was smoking P.C.P & let him go on so many occasions....Someone has to face up to this issue....Thats all i have to say for now...Thank you....R.I.P Joanna Bird We all miss & love u
It is a shame your animal brother will not receive the death penalty.

If you and your family REALLY cared about Miss Bird, I trust you will all testify against your brother at the sentencing hearing and demand the maximum penalty for his savage crime.
Aurea Valdez-Cruz

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How can i testify against my brother knowing that he is not right in the head???U just go by what u hear but u really dont know the facts...
Aurea Valdez-Cruz

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My brother was a drug addict on P.C.P...Her family knew that he wasnt right & we did too...Is it not enough that we[His family]turned him in???
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West Babylon, NY

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Mar 21, 2009
 
Aurea Valdez-Cruz wrote:
How can i testify against my brother knowing that he is not right in the head???U just go by what u hear but u really dont know the facts...
DO THE RIGHT THING!!!
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i think that it is just pathetic, may Ms. Bird rest in peace, and god bless her children. i get high all the damn time and never thought about or had thoughts of killing nobody. i mean come on this dude is heartless, he can actually kill the mother of his kids! HE deserves it all, i dont think he should get the death sentence, they should just let him kill his self while he is in there, i mean he has all the time in the world to think about what he did, it will eat him alive, slowly but surely , it will kill him softly! NOW THE KIDS DONT HAVE A MOTHER NOR A FATHER!
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Aurea, I'm so sorry to hear about all of this. Send my love to the family and to Leo. Tell him that I send my love to him and to keep his head up. As far as you don't argue with these people. They don't know Pito and the one dude is a crackhead or whatever he admitted to smokin' and the other one needs therapy. I will pray everyday aaaaaalll day that Leo will not get the death penalty and that he will see freedom oneday. He was wrong but what happened happened and two wrongs aren't going to make a right. I hope Leo gets the help he needs. Don't let these people get to you. I got a therapists number if they need one. To you and your family I send my love and I'm sorry for both of your losses...your brother and Joanna
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Aurea Valdez-Cruz wrote:
My brother was a drug addict on P.C.P...Her family knew that he wasnt right & we did too...Is it not enough that we[His family]turned him in???
No, bonehead, it is not enough. You could have petitioned the court to have him institutionalized a long time ago.

Her family is pretty dumb also.
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Mar 21, 2009
 
Elyse Maisonet wrote:
I will pray everyday aaaaaalll day that Leo will not get the death penalty and that he will see freedom oneday.
Your prayers are answered. This state doesn't have a death penalty. It also has a lot of Dem politicians so Leo will be back on the streets before Christmas. I just hope he chooses to spend the holidays with you.
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Aurea, I'm so sorry to hear about all of this. Send my love to the family and to Leo. Tell him that I send my love to him and to keep his head up. As far as you don't argue with these people. They don't know Pito and the one dude is a crackhead or whatever he admitted to smokin' and the other one needs therapy. I will pray everyday aaaaaalll day that Leo will not get the death penalty and that he will see freedom oneday. He was wrong but what happened happened and two wrongs aren't going to make a right. I hope Leo gets the help he needs. Don't let these people get to you. I got a therapists number if they need one. To you and your family I send my love and I'm sorry for both of your losses...your brother and Joanna
Hey Elise,

I totally agree with you. He is going to be needing a lot of support from his family and a mother is going to always love her child no matter what and it is hard to accept that someone so close to you is in this situation. Chichi don't let these comments get to you because as long as his family knows that you guys have done what has been in your hands to do, there is no reason why anybody else should have say. They had long relationship and it unfortunately ended up tragically, but this is not the first and unfortunately not the last time that you will hear of this happening because people are not given the chance to get the help they need. Enough with the insults and you don't have to be guilty of anything. Take care of Micheal and just be with him during this puzzling time for him. He needs you right now. Ask Miguel for my number and call me.
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Everybody understands and feels the pain that Joanna's family is feeling. I have a daughter and would be torn if God forbid she was ever in a difficult situation such as this, however only God can judge him and he will pay his dues but not to your words or bad wishes. We are all human and we all make mistakes. Those who are parents or are thinking of having kids, just hope that one day you will not be the one getting trashed on the way you are pointing your finger now and hope that you don't ever have to be in this situation because his family is suffering enough. SHE GETS THE POINT THAT HE DID WRONG, but your comments are not going to change what was done and the only thing that we can do at this point is send good wishes and our condolences to her family. Instead of waisting your time sending stupid comments, send a card to the family or assistance letting them know you are sorry for their loss. I think you would help a lot more if you do that and not sit in front of your computer thinking you are saving your soul by condenmning somebody else's.

As for those who have made racial comments, I would love to know what position in society your citizenship has gotten you. Being a US Citizen obviously doesn't come with education and knowledge. I give my condolences to you for your ignorance.
Victoria Kennedy

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Hey Chi Chi, It's Vicky! I'm in awe of this whole situation. It's crazy cause I never knew this other side of Pito. We dated in Jr. High School and he was the sweetest little best kept secret. In my mind, I'm saying what went wrong, better yet where did he go wrong. As we grew older he was rebellious and misdirected. It's sad to say that the streets got the best of him. I don't want to commit Leo to this crime. But the facts here are clearly being stated. I send my love, faith and pray that you will receive PEACE! I read a few of the comments and this is pure Insanity. In hindsight, you see all the ways that this TRAGIC situation could have been prevented. My heart is hurting for their kids, her family and yours. I feel helpless and its been years but things were always COOL between us and I'm if you need ANYTHING, feel free to holler at June and call me.

MY LOVE,

Vicky

Tell your brother he is in my deepest sincere prayers.
Aurea Valdez-Cruz wrote:
Im Leonardo's sister...He does have an attorney & his name is Michael Burger...I am not for what has happened to Joanna Bird,I think it was all wrong...I am deeply hurt that someone so beautiful,Innocent,with so much going for herself,& who was the mother of my niece nana,& my nephew lil leo had to go through this...My heart bleeds so bad for her....I loved Joanna as a sister,a best friend...My family loved Joanna as their own...We are so deeply sorry for her family's loss but she was ours too & the people who closely know us know that this is true...I loved Joanna with all my heart & for this reason my family and i decided what was wrong was wrong & he had to turn himself in at least for the kids sake...They need their family at this point in time...Im so deeply sorry once again for all that has happened especially to Joanna...Sometimes i hope that this was all a nightmare & when i pinch myself i could just wake up,but when i do i feel it...I wish that somehow we could have prevented this from happening...The police officers knew that my little brother was not always in his right state of mind...They knew he was smoking P.C.P & let him go on so many occasions....Someone has to face up to this issue....Thats all i have to say for now...Thank you....R.I.P Joanna Bird We all miss & love u
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Mar 25, 2009
 
Thank you guys for the support,i really appreciate it...Like i have been tellin these clowns they dont know my brother or the situation at hand like i do...Anyway though i love my brother with all my heart & like i said before i have two losses now but i will never abandon my only blood mother blood father little brother i have no matter what anyone says...To the dick that was poppin shit callin me a bonehead u need to check yaself cause last time i checked my brother is 23 so i believe as hard as we tried to help him & his habits that he has to make his own decisions...We couldnt force him to get help he had to do it on his own cause of his age...The best we could do is show him love & support,but you know what they say"You cant save someone that dont wanna be saved"...On another note though,what is wrong is wrong & the only one who has the last word on this is GOD...May Joanna Bird rest in peace...I miss & love you so much Annie:[
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Mar 29, 2009
 
Hey Aurea... It's Kim :) When i saw what happened with your brother, i was in absolute shock. Its been years since i've seen you and your brother and it breaks my heart that something like this would be the reason i get to drop you a line. After reading what you wrote in this blog about your brother's choices really saddens me. And people have no right to make any judgements about you or your family. I never could have thought or imagined that things would have ended up like this. I wish all the strength in the world for you and your family as you go through this. My heart and prayers go out to Joanna's Family and friends, Their 2 children and definately Pito. I hope that this situation helps him to get the help that he needs. Let him know that there's people out here praying for him to get better...
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everyone is here feeling sorry for ur brother but the one who is really suffering is joanna's family, and the 2 kids he left behind. Ur brother is sick in the head and he needs more than a doctor. U should be ashamed of wat happened and if i was u I would be embarrassed to talk about what happened. Ur brother is guilty and in his case they should send his ass to a state where they offer the death penalty. He is a sick animal!!! and chichi everyone knos u set that shit up. Ur ass should fuckin bein jail tooo. U knew where he was the whole time u the one who pick his ass up after he fuckin killed her and took him brooklyn. U are fucked up and I hope joanna haunts ur ass and hope ur brother gets his ass woop in jail, u kno he not fuckin crazy and he needs to stop pleadin insanity!! He needs to man up and do his time for killin her. He took he life damn all that wasnt called for. I feel bad for u but my heart goes out to her and her family.

HE DESERVE THE DEATH PENALTY. HE DID THE CRIME NOW NEEDS TO PAY FOR THE TIME!!!!
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To Leonardo's sister: How dare you come online acting like you were innocent! You knew your brother was waiting at the house and you had the nerve to drive Joanna home to get KILLED! You knew what your brother was capable of and he even told you what he had planned to do to her. In my opinion you and your brother are equally responsible for my niece's brutal death. I, for one, believe that you should be charged with accessory to murder. Without your complicity, my precious niece Joanna might still be alive today.
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You were a part of her murder too!!! You drove her home to get killed. I will never see my niece thanks to you and your monstrous brother.
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I totally agree with you, openureyes. These people are acting as if he was the victim. And Mari, "everyone makes mistakes"? Are you kidding? This was no accident, it was PRE-MEDITATED murder. And the abuse that preceded it was vicious and repetitive. Did he "accidentally" misplace her in that trunk? Did he "accidentally" zap the hell out of her with that stun-gun? Is he gonna cop a plea of "oops"? He is a vicious animal and needs to be put down like any rabid dog that endangers human life.
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jeanette you know who this is already, you know i had to come up on here and lay it out for em. not something i like to do, but the story thats being posted all over the internet is no where near true. first of this crazy retard was arrested many times for abusing her, in which he was released every single time. he held her at gun point prior to this incident which he attempted to kidnap her, raped her many times, and to top it off had a order of protection that he violataed numerous times and suprisingly police officers were called and responded many times to the scene were pito was present and they did nothing but tell him to leave, with his promise not to return. what kind of B.S is that? he should have been arrested and dealt with a long time ago like anyone else that would have commited those crimes. NOW! referring to the comment "everyone makes mistakes". okay i stab you one time ok i made a mistake, but when you stab someone over 30 times can you call that a mistake? when you slit someones throat can you call that a mistake? when you intentionally punch someone in the face numerous times is that a mistake? to take a mother from her kids, is that a mistake? NO! i dont think so. he was clearly out for blood and he needs to be charged with the maximum penalty for what he did and needs to endure the most horrifying pain possible to human kind. now any more cooments on that?

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