Salvatore Joseph Di Simone
23 Years Old

February 17, 1968 to March 16, 1991

Salvatore Joseph "Sal" Di Simone, of Miller Place, New York, loved his family and had many friends and family who cared about him. Sal enjoyed riding his Harley and working in the garage. As an uncle, he shared many special times with his two nephews and enjoyed taking them to the park or wrestling around with them on the floor. Sal was not only a brother to his two sisters, but he was their best friend. They shared a special closeness and protected, guided and loved one another. His brother-in-law was the brother Sal never had. He also held a great love for his wife. They were very happy and their time together was short, but it took on special meaning as they prepared for the birth of their son. Sal was looking forward to being a father and was very proud of his new family. Sal had great respect for his parents. He and his dad shared many of the same interests and worked side-by-side as painters. His mother's only son, Sal loved her cooking and was always bringing his friends home for dinner. He always wanted her to bake him a strawberry cake for his birthday. Sal's entire family holds fond memories which can never be taken away. His absence creates an empty feeling on holidays, at dinner time - all the time.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

On March 16, 1991, Salvatore Joseph "Sal" Di Simone, of Port Jefferson Station, New York, was chaperoning a teen dance along with some friends. Afterwards, they stopped at a bar on their way home. Robert C. Edland started an argument with Sal which escalated into a fight. Sal was suddenly and violently stabbed repeatedly and left to die and Edland fled the state. He was later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 5 and 1/2 to 16 and 1/2 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole in March, 1997.

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Salvatore Di Simone