Man Charged with Murdering his WIfe on Staten Island

By Nicholas RizziJess Wisloski and Aidan Gardiner  on December 2, 2012 9:59am

 Jodi Surinaga, 42, was found dead in her home on Dec. 2, 2012.
Jodi Surinaga, 42, was found dead in her home on Dec. 2, 2012.
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CASTLETON CORNERS — A Staten Island woman found beaten to death in her home was killed by her husband, police said.

Police were called to 42-year-old Jodi Surinaga's Beachwood Place home at 2:23 a.m. Sunday, and found her unconscious with severe head trauma.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police arrested her husband, Gregory Surinaga, 45,  and charged him with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Neighbors said he had worked as an FDNY mechanic.

The husband beat his wife with a baseball bat before attempting to hang himself, according to the Daily News

Neighbors were shocked to learn of the woman's death, saying Surinaga and her husband never showed any signs of conflict.

"It's real shocking," said Angelo Aidanza, who lived two doors down from the Surinagas. "He was mild mannered and nice. They were nice people."

Neighbors said the victim had worked as a school bus matron and had two children with her husband, one of which had just graduated high school.

"She was always bubbly. Very loveable," said Jacklyn Lutz, 28, who lived across from the Surinagas for 12 years. "It's really devastating."

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