Orsolya Gaal murder arrest, NYC mother found stuffed in duffel bag

Authorities made an arrest in the death of Orsolya Gaal, a 51-year-old wife and mother who was stabbed to death in a gruesome murder in New York City. David Bonola, 44, has been charged with murder, criminal manipulation and criminal weapons possession, police said Thursday morning.

police sources told CBS New York Bonola was Gaal’s boyfriend and investigators believe it was a “crime of passion.”

A press conference was scheduled for Thursday morning.

On Saturday, police responded to a 911 call and found Gaal’s body in a duffel bag and a “blood trail” leading to her Queens residence.

Gabe Veras, the manager of the Forest Hills Station House restaurant in Queens, told CBS New York that video showed Gaal at the bar Friday night and employees saw her there.

“Orsolya was here on Friday around 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM. She came in alone and left alone. She had her usual — a Moscow mule,” Veras said.

Orsolya Gaal

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Gaal was a regular and often came alone, he said. Veras says he spoke to her last Tuesday.

She had come back from a concert and had seen her favorite composer,’ said Veras. “She was thrilled about that. She was delighted to see this composer live. She was very into art and music.”

Sources told CBS that New York went to the show at Lincoln Center with girlfriends on Friday night. She returned to Queens, frequented a local bar, then returned to her home on Juno Street.

Her body was found the next morning in a duffel bag a few blocks away. sources told CBS New York Gaal had been stabbed more than 50 times.

Police said her husband and 17-year-old son were out of town when the incident happened. Her 13-year-old son was questioned in the case but was released.

As for the ones in the Forest Hills Station House, they have been devastated by Gaal’s death.

“It’s super tragic,” Veras said. “It’s very surreal how things are going. We can’t imagine what her family is going through. We all feel bad.”

For live updates on the case, visit CBS New York

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