Ex-cop charged in wife's slay as hundreds mourn at her funeral
Just hours after the slain wife of an ex-NYPD officer was laid to rest yesterday, cops nabbed her abusive husband, accusing him of brutally strangling the mother of four to death.
Eddy Coello, 38, was found at his mother’s Bronx apartment yesterday and hauled off to the 45th Precinct, where he was charged with second degree murder.
“It was just a matter of time,”one law enforcement source told the Daily News. “Outrageous he ever wore a badge.”
Coello’s attorney, Renee Hill, didn’t return calls for comment.
Coello, a former housing cop, reported his wife, Tina Adovasio, 40, missing on March 11, saying that after a fight, she stormed out of the Throggs Neck apartment they shared with their 5-year-old daughter. Her body was found, barely clothed, five days later in a wooded area in Westchester. Officials said she was strangled to death and suffered blunt trauma on her head and chest.
Coello was arrested twice — in 2006 and 2007 — for domestic violence against Adovasio, and officials said she had filed for divorce about four weeks ago. Coello reportedly left the NYPD in 2000 after reports said he abused his longtime girlfriend, Glory Perez.
“I’m relieved, now I don’t have to move out of state,” Perez told the Post of Coello’s bust. “Justice has finally been served to Tina Adovasio and her children.”
At Adovasio’s funeral in Putnam County yesterday, hundreds of friends and family remembered the nurse and mother of four as a loving and dedicated person.
“We know there are no words, nothing we can do, nothing we can say, to take away the pain,” Rev. Patrick Angelucci reportedly said at the funeral.
Through Angelucci, Adovaio’s 17-year-old son said he wants people to remember a woman who loved her children.
“Tell everybody that she was a good mom,” Angelucci said, speaking for Adovasio’s son, Joseph. “Tell everybody that she cared for her children first. Tell everybody that she was willing to do everything for us and sacrifice everything for us.”
Her other three children, Alexis, 15, Michael, 11, and Mia, 5, were also at the funeral.