The murder of Marivel Estevez: NY woman, 39, allegedly shot dead by BF as she wanted to end ‘tumultuous relationship’

The murder of Marivel Estevez: NY woman, 39, allegedly shot dead by BF as she wanted to end ‘tumultuous relationship’
Mark E Small (L) allegedly killed his girlfriend Marivel Estevez (R) because she wanted to end their relationship and move to Florida (Nassau County Police Department and Marivel Estevez/LinkedIn)

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MINNEOLA, NEW YORK: Mark E Small, 55, a man from Long Island, New York, who has been accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend Marivel Estevez, 39, inside her luxury apartment on July 30, 2022, was arraigned before a judge on September 20, 2022, on criminal charges with one count of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in relation to the case. The defendant pleaded not guilty and was remanded. However, as per reports, Estevez was allegedly shot because she wanted to end a "tumultuous relationship."

According to a news release from the Nassau County District Attorney, between the evening hours of July 28 and the early morning hours of July 29, Small and Estevez were together at the latter's penthouse apartment where they both lived. At that time, Small allegedly shot her with a handgun, with one bullet to the head and one in the torso, and then fled in Estevez’s car. "When Estevez failed to show up for work on July 30, an employee called police for a wellness check​. Responding Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) officers found Estevez deceased laying on her bed." Small, a restaurateur who recently started a business in Rockville Centre, was arrested at the hospital by members of the NCPD after he was struck by a car while chasing a dog, who belonged to Estevez, on the Long Island Expressway on August 2, 2022.


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Nassau Police Department Captain Stephen Fitzpatrick said during a press conference, as per Law&Crime, "At approximately Exit 37, [Small] was involved in an accident. While he was awaiting police arrival, Mark [Small] looked to exit the vehicle. As he exited the vehicle, the dog jumped out. Mark [Small] went to get the dog so it didn’t get hit by a car. It didn’t get hit by a car. Mark [Small] got hit by a car.”

On the other hand, District Attorney Anne T Donnelly spoke about the couple's relationship and said, "Marivel Estevez had recently told friends and family members that she wanted to end her relationship with Mark Small and move to Florida. The defendant, however, was unwilling to let her go and is accused of murdering Marivel in cold blood at her Mineola apartment. The murder of this young woman was a calculated and cowardly act, and my office will vigorously prosecute this case.”

Small is due back in court on October 21, 2022. If convicted, he will face up to 25 years to life in prison.

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