Couple Who Jumped to Death Off Bridge Identified as Homicide Suspects

Image: Couple Who Jumped to Death Off Bridge Identified as Homicide Suspects Gary Crockett, left, and Nickie Hunt.

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 06:31 PM

By Jonna Lorenz

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A New York man and woman who jumped to their deaths from the George Washington Bridge on Monday were homicide suspects, police say.

Nickie Hunt, 40, and Gary Crockett, 41, appear to have suffocated Hunt’s 70-year-old uncle William Valenti, who had accused them of stealing more than $1,000 from him, according to The Associated Press.

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Other news reports identified the female bridge-jumper as Nickie Circelli and Nickie Hunt-Cirelli.

The couple shared and apartment with Valenti in Suffern.

Valenti’s neighbor Josefina Rodriguez told the New York Daily News that she heard a loud sound at about 1:30 a.m. Monday, followed by a car leaving the driveway.

“In the morning I didn’t hear him cough,” she said. “He always coughed. And every day I heard his truck. When I didn’t hear his truck, I thought something must be wrong.”

Valenti was found dead on Monday afternoon.

A letter found at the scene helped investigators identify Hunt and Crockett, who appear to have driven to the bridge in a Chevy Malibu and jumped while holding hands, the Daily News reported.

The couple also is believed to have stolen an assault rifle from Valenti.

They were barely alive when they were pulled from the Hudson River and died at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, according to the New York Post.

The AP reported that Hunt left a note addressed to "the four most amazing kids this world has ever seen or ever will." The note didn’t mention suicide or the killing, but Detective Craig Long said, "The tenor of the note indicates that she is going down a dark road."

Suffern Police Chief Clarke Osborn told the AP that while investigators are confident they have pieced together what happened, "We may never be able to answer some of the questions."

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