Funeral held for slain teacher

November 2, 2008 8:29:02 PM PST
A special education teacher whose body was found on the side of a busy highway was laid to rest Sunday, with friends and family crowding a Long Island funeral home to mourn her passing.Leah Walsh, 29, was found Wednesday. Her husband, William, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in connection with her death.

Mourners gathered at Gutterman's Funeral Home, and afterward Walsh was buried at Beth Moses Cemetery in Pinelawn.

Melba Bralower, a neighbor when Walsh was a child, said she had grown up to be a "great teacher."

Donation information from Leah Walsh's family
Walsh's parents are asking that people not send flowers. They ask that instead, people consider a donation to the school where Leah worked:

School for Language and Communication Development
100 Glen Cove Avenue
Glen Cove, NY 11542

Police say Bill Walsh admitted that he strangled her Sunday during a fight over his infidelity, then concocted a ruse to cover his tracks.

Sources tell Eyewitness News the red flags started popping up all over the place on Wednesday. Police say there were several inconsistencies in Bill Walsh's alibi. That's because, they say, he knew all along that his wife was dead at the bottom of an embankment.

At a news conference on Thursday, police said Walsh was confronted by his wife after spending the weekend in Atlantic City. According to police, Leah Walsh confronted her husband about his apparent infidelity. Sometime after that, Bill Walsh allegedly choked his wife to death. Police added that Walsh then went to McDonalds and did his laundry before taking the body and dumping it at the North Hills Country Club.

"Dragged her across the cold ground and left her in weeds, leaves, in a wooded area," Det. Lt. Jon Azzata said.

Authorities said that Walsh then ditched the car and flattened the tire, before returning home and making a tearful plea to Eyewitness News that he wanted his wife back.

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