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Long Island woman is arrested for death of vocal coach who she shoved in the street


BREAKING NEWS: Long Island events coordinator, 26, hands herself in to police for death of vocal coach, 86, who died after being shoved over in NYC street

  • Lauren Pazienza, 26, has handed herself in for the death of Barbara Gustern, 86 
  • Gustern died after being pushed over in the street in Chelsea on March 10 
  • She was walking towards a cab when she was attacked from behind
  • The NYPD issued photos of a flame-haired young woman getting on the subway near where the assault happened afterwards 
  • That woman is Pazienza, who lives in Astoria with her fiance but who is from Port Jefferson, Long Island  
  • It’s unclear how or if she knew Gustern or if it was a random attack  

A Long Island events coordinator has handed herself into police for the death of an 86-year-old vocal coach who died after being shoved over in the street two weeks ago. 

Lauren Pazienza, 26, is in custody now for the death of Barbara Gustern, a beloved Broadway vocal coach who died on March 15, five days after being pushed over in what police thought was a random attack. 

Gustern was walking towards a cab outside her Chelsea apartment building when she was attacked from behind. 

The NYPD released photos of a flame-haired young woman who they said may have been responsible for the attack. She appeared to be getting on the subway shortly afterwards. 

That woman has now been identified as Pazienza, who lives in Astoria, Queens, with her fiance. She is from Port Jefferson, Long Island.   

Broadway singing coach Barbara Maier Gustern died in a hospital Tuesday morning after she was put on life support following a random shoving attack last week

Broadway singing coach Barbara Maier Gustern died in a hospital Tuesday morning after she was put on life support following a random shoving attack last week

Gustern’s family has not yet commented on her arrest. 

It remains unclear if there is any connection between the pair or if it was a random attack.  

On March 10, Gustern – a beloved Broadway vocal coach – was walking towards a cab outside her apartment building in Chelsea when she was pushed from behind at 8.30pm. 

She hit her head and went into a coma, then died four days later.  

Pazienza handed herself in with a lawyer on Tuesday morning.  

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