Family friends believe RIT student accused of murder may have been manipulated

(Photo: WENY)

Corning, N.Y. – An RIT student remains in jail Friday night, accused in the death of her mother.

20-year-old Karrie Neurauter was arraigned on a charge of murder Friday afternoon in Corning. Her father, Lloyd, is also charged with murder. Police say they killed Michele Neurauter in August, then tried to make it look like a suicide.

Family friends say Michele was a victim of domestic abuse, and they believe her daughter was manipulated.

Thursday night, a candlelight vigil was held to remember Michele.

“We just wanted to come together and let those in the public know that this just isn’t a small town scandal,” said Megan O’Toole Tuazon, a friend of Michele’s.

She says the friend was the victim of domestic violence, and when her body was discovered in August, some suspected her ex-husband.

“All of our friends and all of us said it was him,” said O’Toole Tauzon. “She would never have left her children where he would have them. She fought fiercely to make sure that she could get those children away and safe.”

Police say Miichele’s death was made to look like a suicide, but they believe her ex-husband and daughter are responsible. Tauzon believes Karrie, a fourth-year RIT student, may have been manipulated by her father.

“I think that we don’t know what it is to be living in an abusive, brainwashing situation,” she said. “They were absolutely manipulated.”

The town is now coming together to remember their friend and raise awareness about domestic violence.

“We want people to know the real story and to not just make it something you gossip about in your own town,” she said. “She’s real, and she was an amazing mother.”

Karrie’s father is in New Jersey, facing extradition back to New York.

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