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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
By Nancy Dillon , Ginger Adams Otis
Published: Thursday, October 30, 2014
“He killed my sister because we couldn’t get the prescriptions he needed. For four days, he didn’t have his meds,” said the Rev. Robert Lubrano.
“She’s dead because he had a mental illness, and we didn’t know how serious it was. We’re in terrible shock. She was a wonderful person.”
Lubrano, also of Farmingdale, described his sister as a gentle, loving mother who tried valiantly to care for her family.
Derek Ward had battled psychiatric problems for the past decade, but he had never been violent, Lubrano said.
“We never got a real diagnosis. We thought it was schizophrenia or depression,” Lubrano said.
“He said ‘Father, I don’t know how to tell you, but her son killed her.’”
Lubrano was stunned and heartbroken — and unable to believe his nephew had done what they said he did.
“My nephew was not a bad person, (just) a sick person. He had ADD and was dyslexic. She taught him how to read, then he became an avid reader, went back to school,” the grieving uncle cried. “He was a really good kid. Whatever happened after my father died, it broke him.”
A wake for Ward is planned for Monday from 3 to 8 p.m. at McCourt & Trudden funeral home in Farmingdale.
The funeral is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. in St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church on Conklin on Tuesday.