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Nassau PD: 2 men arrested in stabbing death of 83-year-old grandmother

Benjamin Lopez, 23, and Deangelo Gill, 19, face second-degree murder charges

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LEVITTOWN — Two young men from Nassau County are now under arrest and facing murder charges in connection with a deadly assault involving a 83-year-old grandmother.

With the house on Newbridge Road surrounded by police tape and with a Nassau County police vehicle keeping watch in the driveway,curious neighbors approached the FiOS1 News crew to find out about the deadly assault involving an 83-year-old woman that detectives say took place at the home just before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

"I feel sad for the grandmother ‘cause she got caught in the middle," said John Velsecchi, who lives across the street and added he had a bad feeling that something awful would eventually take place at that house.

"I noticed suspicious activity going on all the time… Different people coming and going. It looked like some drug dealing was going on, you know, all hours of the night,” Velsecchi added.

Homicide detectives say when officers arrived at the home to respond to a 911 call about an assault, they found a 24-year-old man with multiple cuts to his arms.

The man's grandmother, however, was in far worse shape and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

While it is not clear if the two men who have been arrested know either of the people who lived in the home, detectives say 23-year-old Benjamin Lopez of Levittown and 19-year-old Deangelo Gill of Uniondale both face second-degree murder charges.

When FiOS1 News approached a woman named Linda, who neighbors say is Benjamin Lopez’s grandmother, she said she did not want to answer any questions. Lopez lives just a few blocks away from where the assault took place and while many of his neighbors on Blackbird Lane did not want to be interviewed on camera, none had anything positive to say about him.

“I'm very sorry, but like I said, I don't know what really happened," said neighbor George Costa. He says he has never met Benjamin Lopez but said a woman who he believes is Lopez’s grandmother is a good neighbor who is known for rescuing dogs.

"She's very sweet, very calm," Costa said.

Both Lopez and Gill are set to be arraigned Thursday on second-degree murder charges.

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