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Last Updated: March 31, 2015
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Woman Stabbed in Glen Cove

 • Christine Loring

Two men, Enzo Pisano, and Giovanni Marrato heard calls in the parking lot behind 221 Glen Street and Pearsall Ave. in Glen Cove, on Thursday, March 26th at about 3:15 PM.  They walked toward the parking lot and, a woman in a SUV from across the street near, St. Patrick’s Church, called out, “Save her, help her.” The victim was on the ground in the lot. 911 was called.  Marotta  saw a man running and ran after him, and said, “The man ran so fast up the street past the church, I couldn’t catch him.“   Marrato said the man was of average  height, and had a hoodie on.


When police arrived, the young woman was lying on the ground in the parking lot next to the Dollar Tree and  laundromat, with blood coming from her mouth and multiple stab wounds. The woman was transported to Glen Cove Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4:02 PM by hospital staff.

Nassau County Police have identified the victim as Yanira Estella Canjura Martinez, age 32, of Glen Cove. Martinez was a single mother of a 5-year-old girl, and  was on her way to pick up her child from the babysitter, when she was attacked. The child’s father is believed to be in El Salvador, said Detective Captain John Azzata.  The Glen Cove Police and Child Protective Services are attempting to locate  relatives of the child.

A video surveillance camera on the back of the building at 221 Glen Street    captured a male Hispanic figure at the time of the killing. No positive ID has been made yet. According to Glen Cove Detective Lieutenant John Nagle, “We believe the victim knew her attacker and we believe  it was domestic in nature.”
On Sunday, people were gathered around the candles and flowers, talking quietly.  Pisano had put the red flowers on the ground right after the murder and said, “Poor, poor woman, I’m sorry I couldn’t have helped her.”
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this crime are asked to call 1-800-244-TIPS or Glen Cove Det. Lt. Nagle at 516-320-7929. All callers will remain anonymous. Confidential tips can also be left at:



BOTTI, Elizabeth A , on March 20, age 76, of East Norwich.  Beloved wife of the late John. Loving mother of John, and Ann Dunne (Patrick). Cherished grandmother of Elizabeth, Victoria, Nicole, John, Patrick, and Colin. Dear sister of Tommy, Marie, Michael, Ted, Patricia, and the late Ann, in Liverpool England. Memorial Mass St. Dominic RC Chapel, Friday, April 10 at 10:30 AM. Interment Calverton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.
DOYNO, Rose died on February 27, at the age of 99.  She was born on April 15, 1915 in Harlem Hospital.  A resident of Bayville, a place that she loved, for over 50 years.  She is predeceased by husband Benny, whom she married in the Bronx in 1940, and sons Kenny and Les.  Loving grandmother of Kenny (Keri) and Kim, and 3 great grandchildren all living in California.  Rosie was a dedicated volunteer at Mrs. Jones Attic Thrift Shop in Bayville when it was established in 1993.  A special thank you to those staff members at the Marquis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Glen Cove who welcomed her and cared for her with compassion and love.
GREICO, Michael J. lifelong resident of Glen Cove on March 26, age 62. Husband of Mary nee Lupinski. Father of Melissa and Michelle. Brother of Betty Ann, the late Donald and Woody. Retired machinist for Halm Industries in Glen Head. He loved history, enjoyed rock concerts, sports and loved all animals. He also loved to tell stories and make people laugh. Reposed at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas. Gathering will be held to celebrate his life at a later date.
HELITZER, Morrie S. of Sea Cliff, died the morning of March 26th. He was 89 years old. Morrie was born in Manhattan on June 8, 1925. He served during World War II in the US Navy in the Pacific theater. For many years, Morrie worked internationally as a journalist for United Press and the International News Service. In 1948, INS sent Morrie to Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Belgrade where he worked as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief. He was there during the Berlin Airlift. In 1956, McGraw-Hill World News sent Morrie to London to open a news bureau, then to Bonn, Germany to do the same. In 1960, Morrie was the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Fellowship. He worked as Assistant to the President of McGraw-Hill Book Co., then as Vice President for Public Affairs. Later he he founded and published several magazines. At age 87 Morrie completed his last of five years as an adjunct professor of Writing and Public Speaking at St. John's University. He was an active member of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Glen Cove. He is survived by his wife, Irene; his son Jonathan; his daughters Cynthia, Eve and Elizabeth; his daughter-in-law Michelle Helitzer; his sons-in-law, Joseph Foristel and Matthew Temkin; and his grandchildren, Adam Helitzer, Eliane Helitzer, Sara Foristel, Gretchen Helitzer and Kirsten Helitzer. A funeral service was held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home in Glen Cove. Donations may be made to American Jewish World Service at 45 W 36th St #11, New York, NY 10018.
McMILLEN, James Jr., of Delray Beach, Florida passed peacefully on March 15, in his 83rd year. A longtime resident of Shelter Island Heights and Locust Valley. Loving father of Bryan McMillen (Caroline), Shelley McMillen of Warwick, RI; beloved grandfather of Lilly and James; loving stepfather to Edward and Thomas Neiley. He was the son of Alberta and James McMillen of Great Neck, NY and brother of the late Jane Hayes Morrison. He was the former husband of the late Diana Tower Weaver. Mr. McMillen graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy (1949) and University of Virginia (1953), playing varsity tennis at both schools. A reserve officer in the U.S. Navy (1953-5) he was decorated with the Korean and Vietnam War ribbons. Mr. McMillen was a general partner at the brokerage firm of Stillman Maynard & Co. from 1964 to 1974. He was a former longtime member and governor of The Creek in Locust Valley,  where he served as both the tennis and bowling chairman for many years. Both a tennis and saltwater fishing enthusiast, Mr. McMillen reached the quarterfinals of the national 35-year-old tennis championships in the late 1960s. Affectionately known as “Jiggin’ Jim” to friends and family, Mr. McMillen was often seen cruising the waters of Peconic Bay, Gardiners Bay and the Long Island Sound on his beloved boat “jigging” for bluefish and bass. Services and interment are private.
ROSSEL. Jack B. of Locust Valley and Glen Cove on March 26, age 67. Father of Jamison and Julia. Former husband of Joan. He enjoyed sailing, motorcycling and spending summers in Maine. Arrangements by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home. Private family gathering and interment.
SHETTEL, Helen H. of Glen Head, on March 25th. Beloved wife of the late Norman L. Loving mother of Brandon C. Daughter of Pauline and the late John. Also survived by cousins. Service
was held at the Brookville Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.
TERRANA, Carmen of Bayville, on March 28, age 69. Beloved husband of Linda. Loving father of Maria Hataier, Christina Lowe, Peter, Michael and Catherine. Dear brother of Nicolina Matlak and the late Enrico. Proud grandfather of Luke, Alex, Joseph, Lawson, Carlin, Madeline, Cash Ryan, Mason and Logan. Visitation at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, 26 Franklin Ave. Glen Cove. Mass at St. Gertrude RC Church, Bayville. Interment Bayville Cemetery.