St. Albans superintendent found stabbed in building

By Patrick Donachie

The superintendent for an apartment building in St. Albans was found stabbed to death in the boiler room of the building where he worked and lived Monday afternoon, according to the NYPD.

Police said Gary Nelson, 50 was found unconscious with multiple stab wounds to the chest in the boiler room of 123-27 Merrick Blvd. Nelson’s girlfriend called the police, who responded at about 2:40 p.m. EMS workers took Nelson to Jamaica Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Nelson had worked as the building’s super for about 10 years, according to resident Clinton John.

“He was a friendly guy,” John said, noting that this was the first time in his 19 years living in the complex that he could recall a homicide. “People die from natural deaths. Not like this.”

The apartment complex spans a range of addresses along Merrick Boulevard, and John said Nelson had been in charge of all of them.

The investigation was still ongoing, and as of midday Tuesday the scene was still closed off by police.

A makeshift memorial was set up outside the entrance to the building.

There were no arrests as of press time.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at pdonachie@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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