An Brooklyn apartment was the scene of a brutal murder, another attempted murder, and an attempted suicide when an incensed husband attacked his wife over supposed “marital infidelity.”
52-year-old Hasan ‘Sammy’ Rugova, who is characterized by his Bay Ridge neighbors as a “drunk,” took a knife to his wife and the mother of his four children, Gyltene 'Julie' Rugova. He then turned the knife on himself, slashing his abdomen in an apparent suicide attempt.
The 46-year-old mother was found with fatal stab wounds by the couple’s 14-year-old son Ibrahim, around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The boy heroically attempted to intervene to save his mom—and his father attacked him, too. He waited for his father to pass out, then tried to stop the bleeding in his mother’s neck with towels.
Tragically, she had died before emergency crews arrived.
Both Ibrahim and Hasan Rugova were taken to the hospital and are expected to survive.
Even more tragically, Julie Rugova, an immigrant from Kosovo, has just opened a pizzeria named “Sammy’s” in honor of her husband—who stayed away while his wife labored in the business.
“She worked like a dog all day there,” Florent Ismajli, Julie Rugova's cousin, told the New York Post. "The pizzeria was for the older son and the mom. Sammy, he was just going to be the name, he wasn’t going to work there.”
“Nobody respects him because he’s always drunk,” Mimoza Ggikolli, a friend of Julie Rugova, told reporters.
“God is going to punish him with life in jail because he left four kids on the street.”
The couple’s nephew and Ibhrahim’s cousin, Ismajli, was often a witness to his uncle’s violent nature.
“He would just call her ‘bitch’ and keep drinking,” Ismajli said.
The police stated the cause of the fatal disagreement as “marital infidelity,” but wouldn’t name parties or go into any further detail.