Along with many 9/11 anniversary events this weekend, Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C – East Northport) will be attending a memorial at the John Walsh Park in East Northport on Saturday. The playground area of the park will be dedicated to Ann and Connelle Pabo.
In the summer of 2010, tragedy struck our community when Scott Maxwell murdered his girlfriend, Ann, and her teenage son, Connelle Pabo, before taking his own life.
Following this tragedy, Marianne Wright, with the help of many in the community, created Friends of Ann and Connelle Pabo. Not long afterwards, Marianne contacted Assemblyman Raia about a way to properly memorialize Ann and Connelle. Marianne began circulating petitions to build a memorial, and the Assemblyman was one of the first to endorse the idea.
“John Walsh Park is the perfect setting to host this memorial,” said Raia. “Connelle spent countless hours there and we wanted this to be a place of remembrance. I am very grateful to have been a part of this project from the beginning.”
The money raised by Friends of Ann and Connelle will sponsor the creation of a plaque that will be placed at the park in memory of Ann and Connelle directing concerned citizens to the Domestic Violence Hotline in order to prevent abuse in homes.
If you would like to attend the memorial ceremony, please join Assemblyman Raia on Saturday, September 10, 4:30 p.m. at the John Walsh Park adjacent to the East Northport Library.