Queens family hopes for lead in murder

October 22, 2009 3:04:54 PM PDT
The parents of a man killed trying to protect them are desperately trying to find his killer.Robbers forced their way into the family's home in on North Conduit Avenue in Ozone Park, Queens on September 29. They opened fire, killing 29-year-old Jerry Antoniello.

The heartbroken parents said words can't describe their sorrow. They are planning a vigil this weekend, and are still hoping for a lead in the case.

For the Antoniello family, life will never be the same after the murder. Two men wearing ski masks pushed their way into the family's home. They pistol whipped 61-year-old Romeo Antoniello three times on his head, until he fell to the floor. Jerry was trying to pull the door shut to keep the attackers out, until they beat him down as well. The Antoniello's say the attacker's final words to Jerry were "You get this."

"Just shot him in the head," Romeo said. "They don't steal nothing...they don't ask for nothing...just killed my son."

Jerry was the youngest of of Tina and Romeo's three sons. Romeo owns a pizza place on Cross Bay Boulevard near their home. He thinks he may have been followed home from there that night, but the surveillance camera in the restaurant was broken at the time. There are very few other leads to go on -- just a woman who came to the home moments before the attack, supposedly, to ask for directions. Romeo thinks she was a scout who counted the number of the people in the house.

On Saturday evening, the family plans a vigil for Jerry outside the pizza place. They're hoping to draw attention to the crime in case anyone has information. They say the one of the toughest parts is not knowing why someone took their son's life.

The vigil will be at 8 p.m. Saturday outside Romeo's Pizza Place on Cross Bay Boulevard.

The family is also in the process of putting together a reward for information in the case.

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