DeMers told the Hartford Courant that five minutes after her husband left with Manfredonia to give him a ride back to his bike, a neighbor came by and told her there was an accident.
“It could have been anybody who offered him a ride,” she said, the Courant reports. “It could have been any of my neighbors’ husbands. It just happened to be mine.”
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DeMers said her husband was killed in the machete attack. An elderly neighbor, who went to her husband’s aid, experienced serious hand injuries but is expected to survive, AP reports.
Manfredonia fled to Derby, Connecticut, where he allegedly killed a friend, 23-year-old Nicholas J. Eisele, before fleeing with Eisele's girlfriend. The kidnapped woman was later found in New Jersey, safe and unharmed.
According to the Hartford Courant, the Darien Times and CT Insider, Manfredonia was raised just doors away from the home where Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza grew up.
In December of 2012, Adam Lanza went on a shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 students and six educators before turning the gun on himself. Lanza also shot and killed his mother in their home earlier that morning.
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Manfredonia has allegedly struggled with mental illness.
It is possible he could be traveling in a stolen black 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe with Pennsylvania plates KYW-1650.
A motive for the violence was unknown Wednesday.
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