Bloody Tuesday: One killed, one shot within blocks of each other

Cops look over the blood-soaked spot where Larisa Kromsky was killed on Homecrest Avenue early on Tuesday morning. She was getting out of her car when someone stabbed her. Her murder was one of two bloody scenes that cops investigated on Tuesday.
Photo by Greg Mango

A knife-wielding stalker stabbed a 50-year-old accountant to death on Homecrest Avenue early Tuesday morning — the first of two bloody incidents to rattle the Sheepshead Bay area.

Horrified residents between Avenues U and V called 911 at 12:43 am when they heard Larisa Komsky’s blood-curdling screams. But when they went outside to see what had happened, Komsky was already dead, lying in a pool of blood just a few doors down from her apartment building.

Witnesses told police that a man that knew Komsky crept up and attacked her just after she parked her Mercedes.

“What are you doing here?” Komsky reportedly screamed before being stabbed in the hand and the legs, where a vital artery was severed.

Cops found a blood trail leading from the Mercedes to where Komsky collapsed. Her assailant fled in a black-colored SUV, witnesses told police.

Stunned neighbors laid flowers near the spot where Komsky died, and some collected her blood so that it could be buried with her, following Jewish tradition. The victim and her son had lived on the block for more than 15-years. Komsky ran an accounting practice nearby. Cops said they were reviewing her client list to see if her business dealings had anything to do with her murder.

Overcome by grief, Komsky’s son Vadim demanded that cops make a quick arrest.

“They have to catch [the killer],” he son told our sister publication, the New York Post. “She was a very good person, no enemies.”

But Komsky’s death was not the only blood-soaked scene cops from the 61st Precinct came across on Tuesday.

Several hours later, in an unrelated incident, cops were called to home on Bedford Avenue where a 49-year-old man had been shot in the head.

The victim was found in the basement apartment of the home, near Avenue V, at about 4:30 pm by his wife, who said she had just returned from running some errands.

The victim was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. It was unclear if the shooting was self-inflicted, an NYPD spokesman said.

Komsky’s death is the 13th murder to take place in the 61st Precinct this year. Last year at this time, only five slayings had taken place in the precinct, which includes Gravesend, Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach and Homecrest.

Anyone with information regarding either incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.

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