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Suspect arrested in death of Queens mother found in gym bag: NYPD

NEW YORK (WPIX) – Police have arrested a suspect in the death of a New York City mother whose body was found in a sports bag near a park over the weekend, officials said Thursday. .

Orsolya Gaal, of Queens, was stabbed 58 times at her Forest Hills home between Friday night and Saturday morning, officials say. Her body was found in a sports bag on Saturday morning about half a mile from her home.

A man walking his dog found the bag and called the police, sources said.

Police charged David Bonola, 44, with murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon on Thursday, according to the New York Police Department. Investigators believe Bonola, who also lives in Queens, worked at Gaal and may have had access to a key, sources told WPIX.

Investigators have spent the past six days piecing together what happened to the 51-year-old mother of two teenagers. According to law enforcement sources, Gaal attended a performance Friday night at Lincoln Center. Then she spent about 45 minutes waiting in a bar for someone who hadn’t shown up.

Gaal ordered her usual drink at Forest Hills Station House, according to a bartender, and she didn’t seem scared or frightened. She had a drink, then left.

Investigators said Gaal eventually returned to her home on Juno Street, where she was stabbed dozens of times. There were signs of defensive wounds on his hands. The killer put his body in a sports bag and dumped it near Forest Park, authorities said.

Surveillance video obtained by WPIX shows someone pulling a sports bag down Juno Street on Saturday. WPIX does not show the images but shared an image of the suspect with the bag. Police said a trail of blood from the bag led officers to Gaal’s home.

The suspect also allegedly sent a chilling text message to Gaal’s husband, who was out of town at the time, threatening to kill his entire family, sources told WPIX. The husband was cooperating with police and had returned his cellphone, sources said. It appears Gaal knew his killer as investigators said there was no sign of forced entry into the house.


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