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The Times
  • Family warned on Facebook days before ex-Ilion woman killed

  • Three days before Deborah Massocco Castellano was shot to death in Maryland, the former Ilion woman’s family received a haunting Facebook message concerning her ex-boyfriend, according to recently released document.

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  • Three days before Deborah Massocco Castellano was shot to death in Maryland, the former Ilion woman’s family received a haunting Facebook message concerning her ex-boyfriend, according to recently released document.
    “He went to see her today and waited for her at the complex,” the message read, as written May 1 by the sister of Castellano’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan Matthias. “What he saw was a man coming out of her apartment. He called me at 2 a.m. to tell me he thought about hurting her for lying to him.”
    The message then promised: “My mother and I are going to take steps of our own to make sure he does not act on anger.”
    Whether any steps were taken is unclear, and 47-year-old Castellano was gunned down inside her vehicle the morning of May 4, police said. She was killed right outside her apartment in Columbia, Md., which Matthias had allegedly been spying on from another apartment several days earlier, according to a Howard County police statement.
    Once authorities contacted Castellano’s family to alert them she had been killed, police said, the relative immediately shouted: “He did it! He did it!” The family member was referring to Matthias, who Castellano had been dating since September 2012 before they broke up in March following a domestic fight in Herkimer.
    Matthias, 43, of Charlotte, N.C., was indicted last week in Maryland on charges of first-degree and second-degree murder, as well as felony use of a firearm and first-degree assault.
    In a seven-page statement, detectives detailed at length how they built their case step by step to charge Matthias on May 11 with killing his former girlfriend.
    Although the gunfire had been reported at about 4:21 a.m. that May 4 morning, a police check of the area did not find anything suspicious until another resident found Castellano’s body in her vehicle shortly after 9 a.m., according to the statement.
    In the document, one point police describe reflects the extent to which they believe Matthias obsessed over his broken relationship with Castellano.
    Matthias had asked another resident of the apartment complex and his two brothers to help Castellano move in at the time, detectives wrote. Then at a later date, on April 30, Matthias knocked on their door, greeted them as if they were old friends and asked if he could stay in their apartment to wait for a friend.
    For the next two or three hours, Matthias repeatedly looked out a window at Castellano’s apartment and asked the men if they had seen the woman with any “guys,” according to the statement.
    Matthias is due back in court on Monday, Aug. 19.

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