More details have emerged surrounding the grisly murder of a beautiful art student hacked to death by her boyfriend when she tried to leave him.
Friends, neighbors and former employers have all stepped forward, many who say Raul Barrera showed a violent controlling streak toward Sarah Coit for years before killing her.
24-year-old Colleen Carerir, who lived in the same East 33rd St. building as the couple before they moved to the Clinton St. address where Coit was killed, said she believed Barrera would kill Coit long before it happened:
“I knew he was going to kill her,” Carerir said. “His eyes were insane. He was a killer.”
“He wasn’t human,” she said. “He was a monster. He looked at me like I was a piece of meat. I worked at Bellevue with mental patients, and they had nothing on this guy.”
Earlier this year when the couple was still living on East 33rd, “I heard her violent screams,” said Carerir. In January, Carerir called cops one night “when I thought he was killing her.”
“He had her in the bathtub, and it sounded like he was filling it with water,” Carerir said. “I think he was strangling her. She was screaming a lot and coughing.”
Cops came, but did not arrest Barrera, she said.
Carerir said Barrera also “tried to hit on me. He was a ladies’ man.”
Coit’s best friend Jessica Blum said she had been trying to help her leave for some time and was relieved she finally planned a breakup.
“Sarah was trying to get away,” said Blum, who called the 33-year-old Barrera a freeloader and said he took advantage of Coit for years.
“He was awful. He gave you bad vibes instantly. He was horrible. He was controlling over her . . . He broke her computer when she wouldn’t let him use it. He would take her BlackBerry for a week at a time, saying she didn’t need to use it,” Blum said.
She also said Barrera would send BlackBerry messages to Coit’s friends from her phone, pretending to be her and cutting them off.
“He was an emotionally controlling person. It’s baffling that she stayed with him. She normally wouldn’t put up with that. He’s a real monster,” Blum said.
Another friend, Sophie Conti said Coit had a thing for bad boys who mistreated her, even back in Connecticut when they attended ritzy Greenwich High School.
“She had a history of mildly abusive boyfriends,” Conti said, noting that in high school, Coit dated a guy who was in jail.
“She could have had anyone, but she chose sketchy characters,” Conti said of Coit, whose father, Lynde Coit, is a Cornell-educated lawyer and adviser to the CEO of Plasco Energy Group.
“It’s beyond me how anyone from our background could be put in such a situation. It was just shocking. She was just so tall and statuesque and beautiful,” Conti said.
Barrera also had a shady past that included a record of seven domestic violence incidents with two former girlfriends from 2001 to 2004. SMH
More details have emerged about the stabbing that claimed Coit’s life. They are horribly graphic:
Barrera allegedly stabbed Coit over and over in the head and torso, rotating knives from a collection of eight that he had in the apartment, police sources said. Her head was also bashed in.
The attack was so grisly, it left a piece of a knife lodged in her head. When a blood-covered Barrera fled the 63 Clinton St. apartment, he allegedly left Coit on the floor clinging to life as her internal organs spilled out.
Part of the reason it took so long to get help to Coit was that many of the neighbors awakened by the fight believed the screaming was coming from the building next door. Three people living in a building next door called 911 and told operators the yelling was coming from their apartment building. Two others also called 911, and also mistakenly gave the wrong address.
Ironically it was Barrera who sent them to the right place. After hopping a cab to Penn Station he called his father, who convinced him to surrender. He directed the driver to take him to the Ninth Precinct because he knew where it was from his other arrests. Barrera told cops their final fight began because she was leaving him.
He told police, “I did something bad,” a source said.
He allegedly confessed, saying he had grabbed a knife out of Coit’s hands when she came at him with it, sources said.
But “there’s no excuse,” Barrera also admitted, sources said.
Officers rushed to the address Barrera gave them, where through the locked door, they asked Coit if she was capable of letting them in.
“No,” she responded.
It’s believed to have been her last word.
Police knocked the door down, but it was too late.
This is just chilling. If you know anybody in a domestic violence situation, please let them know their life is in danger. This dude needs to be put under a jail.
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