Fatal Caroline St. stabbing suspect arrested out west

Fatal Caroline St. stabbing suspect arrested out west




By Andrew Freeman

A man was arrested in the state of Washington Monday, accused of killing his girlfriend in Rochester before fleeing New York.

“If there was such thing as the perfect person, somebody that no matter who they met left an impact on them, no matter how short they knew her, she was that person,” said Amanda Marsala, friend of victim Kelly O’May.

Marsala says when she first worked with O’May at a Subway in Avon 10 years ago, they instantly became best friends.

“Immediately, she was the most genuine, open-hearted, witty person I had ever met in my life,” Marsala said. “She was so brazen, and you could tell all these things within meeting her within minutes, I’m like, ‘this is a person I want in my life for the rest of my life.’”

The 31-year-old was found stabbed to death in her apartment off Caroline Street just after midnight last Friday.

Marsala found out shortly after.

“I couldn’t feel anything. I literally had an out-of-body experience,” Marsala said. “I didn’t realize what I was doing until my boyfriend showed up. I apparently called him crying, and I don’t even remember it.”

Robert Norry, 32, is accused of stabbing O’May, his girlfriend, in their apartment. Police say he fled New York. He was then found and arrested Monday in Washington, charged with second-degree murder.

Marsala didn’t wish to comment on the arrest, but says she’s just glad she got to see O’May just days before.

“When she left, she hugged me extra tight and told me she loved me,” Marsala said.

Police are working on arrangements to have Norry brought back to Rochester.

Funeral services for O’May will be Wednesday morning at the Saint Agnes Church in Avon. A candlelight vigil will be held that night outside her Caroline Street apartment.

“I just really look forward to seeing everyone else she impacted, reaching out and sharing the love that she would’ve shared if she were here,” said Marsala.