In the aftermath of Staten Islander Jeanine Cammarata’s tragic death, New Yorkers are being urged to wear purple on Thursday, April 11. The color represents domestic violence awareness.
The 37-year-old teacher and mother of three went missing last week and was later found dead in a storage locker in Arden Heights. Her estranged husband, Michael Cammarata, has since been charged with her murder. His girlfriend has also been charged in connection with Jeanine’s death.
Cammarata admitted to abusing his wife in the past, and domestic violence reports had been filed. The estranged couple was in the process of a messy divorce that included a battle for custody of their two children, who are currently in the care of ACS. Cammarata had served her husband with divorce papers just days before she went missing.
Heartbreaking memorials for Jeanine have been set up outside her home in New Brighton as well as at P.S. 18 in West Brighton, where she formerly taught. The hardworking mom was on staff at P.S. 29 in Castleton Corners and also worked a second job at Dollar Tree.
Friends have set up a Go Fund Me page to aid in funeral costs.
“Wear purple this Thursday, April 11th, for teacher Jeanine Cammarata and all others that suffer in silence. #stoptheviolence #justiceforjeanine,” was posted on the Facebook page for the group UFT Solidarity.
Raise awareness for domestic violence and to support Jeanine’s memory by wearing purple on Thursday. Learn more about the movement against domestic violence and other ways to support the cause at the National Domestic Violence Hotline.