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Slain artist pens foreboding post before classmate allegedly stabs her 37 times

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Documents obtained by Fox News Digital said that among the items police seized from the home was the murder suspect’s manifesto “laying out a step-by-step plan” to kill his former classmate.

According to a probable cause affidavit for Schroitman’s arrest, police say David Schroitman stabbed Maryrose Feeley 37 times outside her home on the night of January 30th, four days after she was arrested in Somerville, New Jersey. They said they executed a search warrant on David Schreutman’s apartment in .

“Yesterday is gone, today is the day, tomorrow is a mystery,” Feeley, 27, wrote on Facebook just eight days before her death.

The affidavit states that officers responded to a 911 call from one of the victim’s relatives and found the door of Feeley’s car open with “belongings scattered throughout the front yard” and a relative trying to find her. He said he was found with “multiple stab wounds.”

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Maryrose Feely, who was allegedly murdered by one of her New Jersey high school classmates, was an artist. (Maryrose Feeley/Facebook)

According to the affidavit, on the night of Feeley’s murder, around the time police received a 911 call, surveillance footage shows him wearing a gray sweatshirt, black face gaiters, and a thick padded jacket. A man wearing sneakers was photographed standing at an intersection near his home.

Schreutman was immediately identified as a suspect by “word of mouth” that night, but he refused to meet with detectives in Bridgewater, New Jersey, on Feb. 2, the affidavit states.

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Detectives noticed a white trash bag in the driver’s seat of the car. tan toyota, There was a black gaiter on the passenger seat and duct tape on the back seat, according to the affidavit.

The same Toyota was seen on security footage in the area around the time of the murder.

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David Schroitman, 27, of Somerville, New Jersey, is suspected of stabbing his high school classmate 37 times, police said. (Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office)

The investigation culminated Sunday evening when Somerville police responded to a call from a business owner about a suspicious person.

“Officers encountered Schreutman cleaning the vehicle while wearing clear latex gloves,” the affidavit states. “Officers smelled bleach coming from a puddle of water near the driver’s side door of the Camry,” the affidavit states.

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Police said they found a bloody latex glove discarded nearby.

Somerville Police and Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office investigators executed a search warrant at his apartment later that day (Feb. 4), where they found “numerous” containers of bleach and a “step-by-step plan”. He is said to have discovered the manifesto.

His car had bleach on the driver’s side and blood stains were found in the entryway and bathroom, the affidavit said.

One of Maryrose Feely's last Facebook posts

Maryrose Feely, known for her infectious and encouraging spirit, wrote this post eight days before her death, according to her obituary. (Maryrose Feeley/Facebook)

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Maryrose Feeley, 27, who was allegedly murdered by a former high school classmate, was a “champion of the underdog” who brought positive energy to all her work, her obituary said. (Bridgewater Funeral Home)

Schreutman, 27, was arrested on Feb. 4 and formally charged the next day with first-degree murder, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree tampering with physical evidence, and third-degree hindering apprehension.

Schreutman and Feeley graduated from Somerville High School together in 2014, but police and prosecutors have not released a potential motive.

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“The investigation is ongoing, but in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, further details cannot be released,” Somerset County Attorney John MacDonald said in a statement after the indictment.

Schreutman is being held in the Somerset County Jail. It is unclear whether he has retained a lawyer.

In memory of Mary Rose Feeley

Feely graduated from a local high school in 2014 and from Rutgers Business School in 2018. She took time off from her job at the Naval Surface Warfare Center to “focus on her life’s mission work, as she called it,” her obituary says.

According to her obituary, “Mary Rose was many things: a visual artist, anti-drug activist, entrepreneur, advocate for the underdog, philanthropist, encourager, author, and logistics person.” About.

But she will be remembered by her family and friends as “the ‘light’ in the room”…her signature bright smile was not forgotten. She “showed up” and was supportive and brought positive energy, motivation, and kindness to everyone. The task at hand. ”

Maryrose Feeley selfie

Maryrose Feely, who was allegedly murdered by a high school classmate, was pictured smiling just weeks after ringing in the new year with the caption: “Cheers to a great 2024.” . (Maryrose Feeley/Facebook)

Her Facebook was filled with uplifting posts and positive energy while championing her visual artwork and charity work called 4TheYoungerMe (4TYM), which she founded.

A few weeks into the new year, she posted a smiling photo with the caption: “Cheers to a great 2024.”

“She was dedicated to her vision and efforts to empower young people and those struggling with addiction,” her obituary said. “She was a firm believer that ‘substance abuse does not define a person’ and ‘a toxic environment does not define a child’s future.’

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Her last Facebook post was three days before her death. She was there for an art exhibition.

She wrote “Destination Cosmos”. Below it says, “Have you ever dreamed of soaring through space, past twinkling stars and fiery nebulas?”

Maryrose Feely's last Facebook post

Maryrose Feely’s last Facebook post was dated January 27, 2024, three days before she was murdered. (Maryrose Feeley/Facebook)

“Mary Rose’s death is saddened by all of us and she will be sorely missed as she loved her to the moon,” she wrote in response to two of her recent posts. Like a call, her obituary states.

“It’s time to bring your loved ones a little closer and tell them you love them, because tomorrow is not promised.”

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Law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office ask anyone with information to call the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Division at (908) 231-7100, the Somerville Police Department at (908) 725-0331, or via the STOPit app. calling out.

The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports, including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded for free on your smartphone from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store (access code: SOMERSETNJ).

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential.

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