Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Murder-Suicide Orphans Are Still Receiving Support

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Murder-Suicide Orphans Are Still Receiving Support

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In Carlstadt, where a murder-suicide last July left three children without parents, the community has gathered together to make sure not only that the kids have financial support, but that the memory of their mother remains forever ingrained in creative ways.

Last July, Scott Sabia shot and killed his wife, Michele Sabia, on the front lawn of their Union Street home with a 12-gauge shotgun before retreating into the home, where he shot himself. TheSabias' three children, now 15, 12 and 10, were in the home, but escaped to neighbors.

In the midst of their grief and shock, friends and neighbors mobilized to find ways to honor Michele, a beloved first-grade teacher for more than a decade in Rutherford, who also oversaw summer theater camp for area children. Without fail, people remember her today with strings of superlatives -- as a devout Christian, a wonderful mother, a passionate person.

With a fine arts degree in acting and performing from Rowan University, she began her career as a rent-a-clown, making balloon animals, doing magic and storytelling and eventually expanding to create her own company. After having the children, she then headed back to school to earn her teaching certificate.

A page has been set up in which $81,659 has been raised. A local church, Church Alive, gave $5,000 for the holiday season. All of the money has been invested for the three children to help pay for college or any future needs.

Now a children's book is in the works that has been dedicated to Michele. The proceeds from the sales will also go toward the children.

The picture book, "The Best Friend Interview," created by Michele's longtime friend Deborah Bode, is about a child who loses a best friend and interviews people to ask how to move on after a loss.

"It's a very cute book," said Michele's brother, Michael Ambyth. …

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