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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A small memorial has formed on Verplank Road in Clay. Two days ago, Lori Bresnahan, 47, was stabbed multiple times on that very road.
Police are still investigating the crime scene. Several vehicles were in the area Saturday afternoon. It appears as though they are still searching for evidence.
State Police said Bresnahan and a young girl were attacked by David Renz, 29, in the parking lot of the Great Northern Mall. They were leaving a gymnastics class Thursday night around 9 p.m. Renz is believed to have bound the woman and sexually assaulted the child inside their car.
Police said he then drove the vehicle to Verplank Road, where he stabbed Bresnahan multiple times before running off into the woods. The child was able to flee from the vehicle and was found by a passing motorist, who helped get her to safety.
But Bresnahan, who was a librarian at Willowfield Elementary in the Liverpool School District, died after being taken to Upstate University Hospital.
State Police captured Renz a short distance from the scene. He's now facing murder, rape and kidnapping charges.
At the time of the attack, he was already facing jail time over federal child pornography charges stemming from January. Renz was released, but agreed to several conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device, a condition he violated Thursday night. A federal magistrate revoked the pre-trial release Friday and ordered Renz be held in federal custody.
The superintendent of the Liverpool School District released a statement on the tragedy.
“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken over the tragic events involving a staff member and a Liverpool student that have unfolded over these last few days. Prior to commencing classes on Monday, each building will have a staff meeting to provide teachers with direction as to best address the needs of the children. Counseling services will be available for any student who may need it when we return to school on Monday," said Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns.
The CNY Gym Centre posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
"Our hearts go out to the Bresnahan Family in the wake of the horrific events that took place in Clay, New York Thursday evening. Please know our prayers are with your Family."