Jennifer Katz, the 49 year-old Mamaroneck Mom who was found murdered in her home late Thursday, was well-liked in the community and involved
with her children’s then-elementary school at Mamaroneck Avenue, and was Team Manager with the Mamaroneck Hot Shots girls’ soccer team several years ago, according to LoHud, on which one of her two daughters played.
A 2003 photograph in the Larchmont Gazette shows a beaming Katz with thirteen 3rd and 4th graders, who ended the season #2 in the League Section.
Village of Mamaroneck police have yet to charge anyone with the crime, but say they have interviewed "persons of interest," including a man known to have recently done work around Katz’s Baldwin Place home.
Katz was home alone while her children were with their father, who lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Published reports say Katz had a boyfriend at one time, but they were still friends.
As we reported Friday and Saturday, Friends are responding with shock.
This is an awful way to ring in the New Year," said Warren Goodman, a Larchmont resident who met Katz about 10 years ago when their daughters took ballet class together.
"Jennifer touched us in many ways. Her sunny and upbeat personality was well known in Larchmont," Goodman said, adding that Katz, who worked at Larchmont Vision Care at 110 Chatsworth Avenue in Larchmont, just recently sold his wife a pair of sunglasses.
"I would bump into her at the cellphone store in Mamaroneck, at the gym, at the supermarket, and crossing Palmer Ave. In some ways, and in a manner of speaking, we live a type of ‘Six Degrees of Jennifer Katz’ — my shorthand way of saying how connected we are here — to all the above members of the community," he said.
Carolynn Dilworth, one of the owners of Auray Gourmet in Larchmont, where Katz was a regular customer, said Katz "was a wonderful, kind, funny and happy woman who loved her children dearly."
"She had an infectious smile and always a kind word," Dilworth said. "I will miss her smiling eyes and her warm spirit."
"I pray for her children who are wonderful just like their mother," she said.
Katz’ s body was found by officers who responded to a call to check on the well being of an individual at her house, at 615 Baldwin Place, according to a Village of Mamaroneck police press release. The discovery was made around 11 p.m. Thursday. After a preliminary investigation, the department ruled the death a homicide.
Property records show the home is owned by Jennifer A. and Ronald W. Katz.
"I hope her murder is solved rapidly," Goodman said.
The slaying is the first homicide in Mamaroneck since 36-year-old letter carrier Stephen Spina was found dead with multiple stab wounds in his Richbell Road apartment in September 2007. Spina’s murder remains unsolved.