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Police: Bay Shore man charged in woman’s murder

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A Bay Shore man is facing murder charges for allegedly killing a Farmingville mother in her home on Sunday afternoon, Suffolk County police said Monday in announcing his arrest.

Charles Pray, 34, of 316 Federick Ave., was charged with second-degree murder. He is being held Monday night in police custody and is expected to face a judge Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip for arraignment. It was not immediately clear if Pray had hired an attorney.

Pray has been charged in connection with the death of 36-year-old Monica Lino, whose lifeless body was discovered Sunday in her Farmingville home. Police officers were called to her house at 108 Berkshire Drive in Farmingville at 3:18 p.m. on Sunday after receiving a 911 call. When officers arrived, they found Lino dead inside the home. Homicide detectives said she was “a victim of violence.”

Police did not say how Lino was killed or what type of weapon may have been used. Early Monday morning, detectives said the Suffolk County Medical Examiner would conduct an autopsy to determine her cause of death. It was not immediately clear when that might happen.

Deputy Insp. Matthew Lewis, the commanding officer of Suffolk’s Major Crimes Bureau told Newsday that Lino’s nephew stopped by her home and discovered his aunt dead. Lino had two young children who were not around when she was killed, he told the newspaper. Two tenants who live in the home were also not home at the time.

Lino’s black Volkswagon sedan was found Monday morning in a parking lot near a Merrick grocery store. The vehicle showed significant front-end damage and was towed away by police mid-morning. It was not clear how the vehicle ended up nearly 40 miles from Lino’s home.

Detectives say they are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Lino’s death. Anyone with information is urged to call investigators at 631-852-6392. Police can also be reached anonymously by calling Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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