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While police are still mum about a potential motive in the slaying of 18 year old Manhattanville College student Marissa Pagli, sources say Pagli was killed by her mother, who then attempted to hang herself. Pagli was reportedly found Monday by her father, who is a maintenance supervisor at the school. College President Molly Easo Smith and Acting Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini have assured students and faculty at the school that they are safe and that the killing was an “isolated family matter.”
Stacey Pagli is being treated at White Plains Hospital. Her condition has not been released. Marissa Pagli was an avid vollyball player who graduated from Harrison High School in 2009.
Officials at Manhattanville College have issued a statement saying the victim of yesterday's tragedy is Marissa Pagli. Pagli, who lived on campus with her parents, was found dead in the college's staff housing Monday. Her body was discovered at 12:15 p.m. Her mother was found unconscious in the apartment. She is reportedly at White Plains Hospital Center for treatment of her injuries. Police have confirmed that they are investigating a homicide at the campus, but no other details about the crime were released. Manhattanville College issued a statement reading:
"Marissa was beloved by all who knew her. An avid volleyball player, she grew up on our campus and many of our staff and faculty knew her long before she enrolled as a freshman at the College. Beautiful within and without, she brought laughter and joy to many of you, qualities we must now remember and honor as we celebrate her life. For those who did not know her personally, Marissa will always be the friendship they missed, the company they might have known, the classmate they would have loved. Together we extend our love and compassion to Marissa's family who have been a part of ours for many years."
Officials at Manhattanville College have issued a statement to parents and students at the school seeking to reassure them that the "campus is safe and secure and that police are assuring them that (today's) incident is an isolated one."
Authorities at the school say they are saddened by the death of one of their students who "Has been part of the community for many years." They add they are cooperating fully with the police investigation into the student's death. Police would only confirm that they're investigating a homicide.
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