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    http://www.azcentral.com/ent/celeb/a...ycactress.html

    Shame in that she was so pretty, had so much ahead of her, and absolutely horrible as to how cold-blooded these bastards were in the way of killing her.

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    NEW YORK - An aspiring actress and playwright whose work explored life's darker sides was shot and killed as she confronted an armed robber during an early-morning street holdup.

    The robber ran off with his accomplices, police said. No arrests have been made.

    Nicole duFresne, 28, had just left a bar in a trendy section of the Lower East Side with her fiance and another couple early Thursday when they were approached by four or five men.

    Witnesses told investigators that one of the men grabbed for the other woman's purse and duFresne intervened, asking, "What are you going to do, shoot us?" A man then fired one shot at her, police said.

    "One of them said, 'Give me your money.' I didn't see he had a gun. I didn't understand what was happening," said Jeffrey Sparks, duFresne's 28-year-old fiance.

    Sparks, an online music producer, said he pushed the mugger aside and was pistol-whipped on the face.

    DuFresne died from a gunshot wound to her chest.

    The couple, both from Minneapolis, moved to Brooklyn from Seattle two years ago and were to be married in October.

    A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, duFresne was a founding member of the Present Tense Theater Project and acted with the LAByrinth Theater Co., according to her online resume. She wrote a play called "Burning Cage" with Mary Jane Gibson, who was with her and her fiance at the time of the shooting.

    "Burning Cage" is about two women in a Boston asylum who are targeted for clandestine brainwashing experiments with LSD and shock treatments. The play toured in 2002 at fringe theater festivals in Canada and the United States.

    DuFresne's other play, "Matter," is about an amnesiac whose apartment is taken over by a violent and seductive intruder. It was performed in Brooklyn in 2003.

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    Nicole duFresne's Web site, http://www.nicoledufresne.com/
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    Saw this on the news last night. What a shame.

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    This is terrible, but. . .

    Please! Please! Just give them what they want! Is your life worth the money in your wallet?
    Honey, I ain't through with you!

    GO ILLINI!!!!!!!

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    http://www.nydailynews.com/front/sto...p-236279c.html



    View to a killer

    Her words to murderer: 'What are you going to do, shoot us?'

    BY CELESTE KATZ, ELIZABETH HAYS and ALISON GENDAR
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    In video from surveillance camera taken just before slay, cops think killer is in white hood.


    Linda duFresne, grieving mother of 28-year-old Nicole, at LaGuardia Airport yesterday after arriving from Minnesota.


    Scott Nath and girlfriend, Mary Jane Gibson, who were with Nicole duFresne when she was gunned down.

    The heartless mugger who gunned down a stunning actress on the lower East Side was caught on tape by a security camera just minutes before the killing, police sources said yesterday.
    The surveillance tape, released yesterday by NYPD detectives, shows a man wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, a white scarf and white pants walking down Clinton St. with a gang of four other men and two women in bulky winter clothes.

    None of their faces is shown, and NYPD investigators officially said the people caught on the tape have not yet been labeled suspects.

    But police sources told the Daily News that the man dressed mostly in white was believed to be the cold-blooded killer.

    Less than 10 minutes after the video was shot, the young man allegedly fired a bullet into the chest of 28-year-old Nicole duFresne, the sources said.

    The tape does not capture the violence, but it gives cops - and New Yorkers - their first look at the mugger who allegedly killed duFresne because she dared to confront him for beating her fiancé in the trendy neighborhood.

    "I hope the people who are involved in this turn themselves in," said fiancé Jeffrey Sparks, 29. "I haven't seen the tape but I hope that it helps the police find who did this."

    The break in the case was revealed as stunning new details of the killing emerged.

    Scott Nath, who was walking with his girlfriend, Sparks and duFresne when the mugger attacked them around 3 a.m. Thursday, said duFresne was furious after the thug pistol-whipped her fiancé.

    "Nicole was coming up angry and ready to kick some ass," said Nath, a 32-year-old actor, who had been drinking with his three friends at the popular bar Max Fish before the attack. "I don't know what she said. Not 'Bring it on,' but 'What are you f-----g doing!' " Nath recalled tearfully.

    Sparks said his passionate wife-to-be uttered the fatal words: "What do you think you are doing? What are you going to do, shoot us?" as the mugger waved a chrome pistol at her and her pal, Mary Jane Gibson.

    "He took a shot at Mary Jane, but there was no bullet," said Sparks. "The gun didn't go off."

    But the next pull of the trigger sent a round into duFresne's chest and the gunman and his pals fleeing.

    DuFresne, who hours earlier had finished working her first shift as a waitress at the Rockwood Music Hall on Allen St., died at Beth Israel Medical Center.

    Sparks and Nath said the gang acted confused at times.

    "There were two other people there. They weren't attacking us, but they were there in the way," Nath said. "They were apologizing for him, in a way, but not stopping him."

    Nath said he had seen the surveillance tape and that the same gang attacked him and his friends.

    Sparks said while duFresne was furious at her killer, she wouldn't want him put to death. "She would want the focus to be less about a black kid and a gun and more about a culture where a kid can get a gun," Sparks said after picking out a dress for duFresne to wear when she is cremated.

    DuFresne's grieving mother said her daughter, who had survived a vicious rape at Emerson College, was not one to let her loved ones get hurt.

    "She was fiercely protective. When her fiancé went down, she would stand up for him," said Linda duFresne after arriving from Minnesota to claim her daughter's body. "She stood up to him."

    But a police source said Nicole duFresne would have been wiser to back away. "She was a girl from Minnesota, talking back to a ghetto guy who was ignorant enough to think it was a challenge," the source said.

    A police source said the same gunman and his posse apparently were responsible for attacking a 22-year-old man only an hour earlier in the same neighborhood.

    Around 2 a.m., a thug approached the man at Clinton and Delancey Sts. and demanded his jacket. When the man refused, the attacker pistol-whipped him, and his accomplices started punching him, but the victim managed to escape, cops said. The victim later identified his assailant as the man in the white scarf on the surveillance tape, the source said.

    Cops canvassed the neighborhood after the attack, but didn't find the suspects, sources said.

    The videotape of duFresne's alleged killer was recorded by an outdoor security camera at Schiller's Liquor Bar, a Rivington St. eatery close to where she was shot outside 84 Clinton St.

    NYPD Deputy Inspector Bernard Cosenza asked anyone who can help identify the suspects to call a police hotline at (800) 577-TIPS.

    With Oren Yaniv and Kerry Burke



    Originally published on January 29, 2005

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    They've caught 3 dirtbag teenagers.
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    Third Suspect Charged in Actress' Slaying

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    By TOM HAYS, Associated Press Writer

    NEW YORK - A third suspect was arrested Wednesday in the fatal shooting of an aspiring actress who confronted a group of muggers with: "What are you going to do, shoot us?"
     
    Ashley Evans, 18, was picked up on murder and other charges by New York detectives in Maryland, where she had fled to stay with relatives, police said. An arraignment on murder and other charges was scheduled for later Wednesday.

    Police described Evans as a friend of the alleged shooter, 19-year-old Rudy Fleming. Tatianna McDonald, 14, also has been charged with murder.

    The suspects allegedly were in a group that accosted Nicole duFresne, 28, her fiance and another couple on Jan. 27 after they left a bar on Manhattan's Lower East Side, known for hip nightspots.

    Witnesses said that after the suspects demanded money and grabbed for the other woman's purse, duFresne intervened, asking: "What are you going to do, shoot us?"

    After a brief shoving match between duFresne and Fleming, he allegedly fired a single shot into her chest, police said.

    McDonald, who surrendered on Monday, confessed to police that she was with the gunman and that she had taken a cell phone from the stolen purse, according to court papers.

    Fleming and four others were picked up for questioning late Sunday. Two of the four were charged in an attempted robbery the same night but not in duFresne's slaying, and the remaining two were considered witnesses.

    Police said the weapon — a .357-caliber revolver — was found in the home of one of Fleming's relatives.

    DuFresne's Web site described her as a writer, actor and producer. A Minnesota native, she was a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, and was active in several avant-garde theater projects in Manhattan and elsewhere.

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    Does New York have a death penalty?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum
    Does New York have a death penalty?
    I don't think so but they should.

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    You read my mind. How many are left? There were 6 thugs, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum
    Does New York have a death penalty?
    Hopefully...
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    Quote Originally Posted by EVH FANATIC
    ...the alleged shooter, 19-year-old Rudy Fleming. Tatianna McDonald, 14, also has been charged with murder...

    ...McDonald, who surrendered on Monday, confessed to police that she was with the gunman and that she had taken a cell phone from the stolen purse, according to court papers...

    ...Police said the weapon — a .357-caliber revolver — was found in the home of one of Fleming's relatives...
    Think the others tried to talk the 14-year-old into taking the rap, figuring she'd get a lighter sentence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum
    Does New York have a death penalty?
    It only used to apply to the killing of a police officer, yet has been changed recently, if you believe "Law And Order".

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum
    Does New York have a death penalty?

    Yes but no has been executed yet.

    there is some loophole in the way it was written.

    something to do with the option of confessing and getting life in prison or going to trail and risking the death pentaly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum
    You read my mind. How many are left? There were 6 thugs, right?
    I believe there were 5.

 

 

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