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Police Have Leads on Lou Rispoli Murder Case

Jan. 25, 2013, By Bill Parry

The police are calling on the public to help identify two men who are believed to be involved in the murder of a man on 43rd Avenue last October.

Lou Rispoli, a long-time Woodside resident, was murdered on Oct. 20 when he was struck in the back of the head with an unknown object by three suspects at around 2:00 am at the corner of 41st Street and 43rd Ave.

Rispoli, who suffered from serious head damage that Saturday morning, was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital where he later died on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.

After three months without any information, many residents and officials began to fear that the brutal attack would go unsolved. However, in recent days the police department have been putting together some sketches.

“I’ve been monitoring developments in this case and it’s good to know that there is movement in the investigation,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “I hope this is the break we have been looking for.”

Mark Horn, who has acted as a spokesman for the Rispoli family since the murder, said: “I’m very relieved that it [the investigation] hasn’t gone to the cold case file.”

“I don’t know how they got these sketches but it’s a good thing and I hope they get these people off the street,” Horn said. Unfortunately, he added, “Nothing will bring back Lou.”

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. There is a $22,000 reward.

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Saul Davis

So, what happened to this lead? I met a man who used to live in Queens, and admitted to being a gay-basher when he was younger, and now he is, himself, gay. But he was living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and perhaps in Camden County, New Jersey now. He may not have been one of those attackers, but it shows how they likely left town, and very possibly had relatives on the police force. The members of the police force in Queens should be questioned or investigated about their relatives who left town around that time.


Too generic: no height/weight information or did I miss something? If they received enough information to create these sketches where’s that info?!? Have they even told us what the weapon used was?

I truly hope they have real information and that someone will help them catch these murdering ___!

Get a Life

NY Post put it in their police blotter page also. They should have mentioned the reward money. Also, this needs to be on New York One.

Sunnyside Native

Let’s bring these guys to justice! I hope that one day the family of Lou Rispoli will at least have some closure to this terrible tragedy!

Oppressed Masses

It’s great to see progress being made on this case. Hopefully there will be an organized effort to get the drawings and relevant contact information posted throughout the community in stores, on telephone poles, in subway and bus stops.


I hope somebody recognizes one of these faces. It’s amazing what police artists can contribute to the process by interviewing witnesses.

How will these drawings get out? How will Sunnysiders be exposed to these other than here on the Post?

Bliss & Skillman

I hope someone can identify these asshats. I wish I did, I’d love to be instrumental in bringing them to justice.

a side note … for decades now I’ve thought DOA meant deceased on arrival. Never knew passing away after several days in the hospital would be considered DOA. jus’ sayin’ ………………….


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