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Richmond Hill son fatally stabbed, mother wounded in home attack

The Richmond Hill home where Kenneth Shemitz and his 68-year-old mother were brutally attacked Sunday morning.
Photo by Gina Martinez
By Gina Martinez

A son was stabbed to death and his motherseverely beaten inside their Richmond Hill home Sunday morning, according to police.

A 37-year-old male, who neighbors identified as Kenneth Schemitz, and his 68-year-old mother,Vivian Schemitz, were found beaten and cut by police when they responded to a 911 call Sunday at 2 a.m. Police entered the two-story home at near 95th Avenue and 113th Street, where they found Schemitz unconscious and unresponsive with trauma to his head and body and his mother with lacerations and cuts to her body and head, police said.

Police declared Schemitz dead at the scene and his mother was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where she was in stable condition, police said. The mother and son were painting their home before the attack, police said.

John B, a neighbor who lives across the street from the crime scene, was away during the weekend and heard Monday morning about the incident.

“I’m in disbelief. This was a safe neighborhood and now nobody is safe,” he said. “Look at what happened on Liberty Avenue and that poor girl in Howard Beach. I just had a burglar alarm installed last week because I don’t feel safe any more, I’m having a camera installed next week, too. You have to be proactive.”

The block surrounding the house was cordoned off with police tape.

There have been no arrests and the investigation was ongoing.

Reach Gina Martinez by e-mail at gmartinez@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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