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Owner of Comedy Club and Baby-sitter Are Eliminated at N.J. Home

The authorities have jailed the boyfriend of the household’s au set in connection with the deaths.


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Matthew Haag

The 911 call came just after sunrise on Saturday: A lady was being assaulted outside a home in Maplewood, N.J.

When officers showed up, they found a female lying on the street– seriously injured however still alive– outside a two-story colonial-style house. The cops entered your house and found a male victim.

The man, David Kimowitz, 40, who handled comics and owned a popular funny club in New york city City, was noticable dead in his house, the authorities stated on Sunday. The lady, Karen L. Bermudez-Rodriguez, 26, an au set for Mr. Kimowitz’s 2 young kids, later passed away at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

The cops announced on Sunday that they had detained Ms. Bermudez-Rodriguez’s sweetheart, Joseph D. Porter, 27, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, in connection with the deaths. He was charged with two counts of murder, ownership of a weapon and ownership of a weapon for an unlawful function and criminal restraint. He is being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility.

Mr. Kimowitz’s 2 young children and his better half, Laura, were not house at the time of the attack, the authorities stated.

The killings stunned residents of the leafy suburban town about 20 miles west of New York City. Up until Saturday, there had been only 15 homicides in Maplewood, a town of about 25,000 people, over the previous 3 decades, according to state and federal authorities.

Neighbors stated on Sunday that they could hear Ms. Bermudez-Rodriguez shouting from inside their houses prior to she collapsed on the street.

” It’s a stunning feeling,” Kathy Cantwell, who lives next door to the Kimowitz household, stated. “You want you might have interceded or you could have conserved David.”

A number of neighbors said that in the days prior to the attack, they discovered a guy they did not acknowledge being in a dark-colored sedan near the family’s home. While they had informed one another about the man, they did not call the authorities. The authorities have not said whether that male was Mr. Porter.

On Sunday, a big part of Walton Roadway, a tree-lined street with rows of clapboard homes, remained an active crime scene. Yellow authorities tape surrounded the Kimowitzes’ home, and officers were seen checking out shrubs outside close-by houses.


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Neighbors of the Kimowitz household, who had actually purchased your home on a corner lot in 2017, said that the family’s children were typically seen playing outside with Ms. Bermudez-Rodriguez.

On Sunday, good friends positioned flowers outside your house, at the crossway of Walton Road and Jefferson Avenue.

Andrew De la Torre, who lived near the Kimowitzes, said it seemed that the household had utilized numerous au pairs, who turned every couple of months, since they moved into your home.

” They have a little terrace that they would be playing out there with their kids,” Mr. De la Torre said on Sunday. “They ‘d have family good friends over. Actually great individuals.”

Mr. Kimowitz was popular in the New York comedy scene, as both a manager of comedians and among four founders of the Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club, a funny place near Gramercy Park in Manhattan.

While the most significant club in town, the Funny Cellar, drew in funny elite like Jerry Seinfeld and Dave Chappelle, the Stand kept a stable rotation of high-profile entertainers including Tracy Morgan, Janeane Garofalo and Dave Attell. “There’s a stigma about comedy clubs,” Mr. Kimowitz told The New York Times in an interview in 2012 “They’re traveler traps, watered-down beverages. We’re trying to develop the comedy club.”

The Stand closed its Gramercy Park area last year and reopened a few weeks ago in a fancier and larger space near Union Square. The creators included a high end dining establishment in an effort to separate itself from other clubs. The club likewise has a green space– a rarity in most clubs– and two rooms with low ceilings for intimate performances.

The Stand also hosts a popular weekly funny podcast, “The Legion of Skanks,” which features comedians managed by Mr. Kimowitz.

In 2012, Mr. Kimowitz and the very same group that had opened the Stand started the Standing Space funny club in Long Island City, Queens. While they had actually hoped to draw in leading comedians to carry out there, the Standing Room might not reproduce the success of the Manhattan place and closed last summer season

Comedians who knew Mr. Kimowitz said that they were stunned by the news of his death.

” A fantastic guy and buddy has passed this weekend,” Rich Vos, a comic, said on Twitter. “He seemed so happy, a partner, 2 kids, his brand-new club opened.”

A LinkedIn page for Mr. Kimowitz said that he had received a bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University in New York City in 2002 and had signed up with numerous comedy ventures, including a business called Cringe Humor, which had started the Stand. He was likewise a partner of CH Home entertainment, a skill firm with clients that included Mr. Vos. The group previously represented the comedian Pete Davidson.

Lauren Hard and Jason Zinoman contributed reporting.

Matthew Haag covers the crossway of property and politics in the New york city region. He previously was a general task and breaking news press reporter at The Times and worked as an education reporter at The Dallas Morning News. @ matthewhaag

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