CHRISTMAS HORROR: Travis Gallo, 17, was charged with murder Friday in the stabbing death of his sister, Teia Gallo, 20, during an argument in their home in the affluent community of Washington Township, NJ.
Travis Gallo and his sister are among 12 children — nine biological and three adopted — in the family headed by prominent Hackensack gynecologist Robert Gallo and his wife, Theresa.
Another sibling was in the home at the time of the stabbing and called 911. The Daily Mail reports friends of Teia Gallo said her relationship with her brother was strained. Pal Jennifer O’Connor told NewJersey.com that Teia, who is junior at Dominican College, felt her brother was becoming increasingly aggressive. She also said Teia Gallo hoped to move into a dorm room next year to get away from her brother.
However Teia’s parents don’t believe their daughter’s desire to move was because of Travis. ‘There were times when they didn’t get along, but our idea wasn’t to separate them,’ Dr. Gallo said. ‘Most kids, they have altercations every once in a while. But we never had the sense that it would get to this.’
Until last year Travis attended Westwood Regional High School, where he took special education classes and played on the football team. Dr. Gallo said was being home-schooled after getting bullied by other students at school. District officials offered to let Travis leave school, and send teachers to his house to complete his coursework. Source: Daily Mail
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. What a way to spend the holiday season. Prosecutors are deciding whether to charge Travis Gallo as an adult. He pleaded not-guilty during a closed hearing on Friday.