New Jersey man is charged with murder after stabbing 27-year-old charity founder 37 TIMES while following grisly step-by-step manifesto to kill his ex-high school classmate

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Popular charity worker Maryrose Fealey was stabbed dozens of times after pulling up outside her apartment block in Somerville
  • Police say they found former schoolmate David Shroitman, 27, washing his car in bleach and a detailed blueprint for her murder when they arrived at his home
  • Both graduated from Somerville High School in 2014 and are not thought to have had a relationship  

An obsessed former schoolmate drew up a step-by-step ‘manifesto’ detailing how he would murder a popular charity worker before stabbing her to death outside her New Jersey home, prosecutors claim.

David Shroitman, 27, was branded an ‘extremely dangerous individual’ by a judge as he was put on trial for the murder of Maryrose Fealey, ten years after they last shared a class together.

Police found Fealey dead from 37 stab wounds outside the apartment block in Somerville, with her car door still open and belongings scattered across the front lawn after she arrived home on January 30.

Days later they found Shroitman dressed in latex gloves as he scrubbed his car with bleach, before uncovering the grisly plan inside his nearby home.

‘He does have a significant mental health history, and presently suffers from severe migraines and other medical conditions,’ attorney Emma Pallarino told a Somerset county court.

Maryrose Fealey, 27, was found dead with 37 stab wounds after a frenzied attack outside her home in Somerville, New Jersey on January 30 

David Shroitman, 27, was arrested for her murder after police found a detailed 'manifesto' outlining his murder plans inside his home

David Shroitman, 27, was arrested for her murder after police found a detailed ‘manifesto’ outlining his murder plans inside his home

Maryrose's father Jim Fealey was in court to see he daughter's former schoolmate stand trial

Maryrose’s father Jim Fealey was in court to see he daughter’s former schoolmate stand trial

Fealey, 27, and her alleged killer had both attended Somerville High School, graduating together in 2014.

Police said there was no evidence of a romantic relationship between the pair but they were thought to know each other.

Fealey had graduated from Rutgers Business School in 2018 and had worked for the Naval Surface Warfare Center before brother’s struggle with addiction had convinced her to take a career break and ‘focus on her life’s mission’ as an advocate for people addicted to drugs.

Shroitman had followed her to the same college graduating four years later before working for himself.

Fealey is thought to have been a member of the Life Time gym in nearby Bridgewater and there have been unconfirmed reports that Shroitman followed her home from the facility on the night of the murder.

Fealey was pronounced dead at the scene after police responded to a 911 call about an unresponsive woman outside her apartment block at 10.20pm on the night of the murder.

Dashcam video revealed a man wearing a gray sweatshirt and a black facemask standing near Fealey’s home around 9pm the night she was killed, according to the affidavit.

She had gained a TikTok folowing with a series of raw videos about her relationship with her brother, Ian, and his battle with opioid use disorder

She had gained a TikTok folowing with a series of raw videos about her relationship with her brother, Ian, and his battle with opioid use disorder

'She was always extremely supportive and had a big smile whenever she entered a room,' said friend Ian Bockus, 'I have dealt with a lot of loss over the years but never anything like this'

‘She was always extremely supportive and had a big smile whenever she entered a room,’ said friend Ian Bockus, ‘I have dealt with a lot of loss over the years but never anything like this’

Detectives saw a white garbage bag over the driver’s seat of Shroitman’s Toyota Camry as well as a black face mask and duct tape when they arrived to talk to him at a business address in Bridgewater the next day.

Shroitman refused to be interviewed but detectives tried again three days later after seeing surveillance footage which appeared to show him running from the scene of the murder and his Toyota parked nearby.

They arrived to find the smell of bleach coming from Shroitman’s car as he cleaned it wearing clear latex gloves outside his home.

Blood stains were found during a search of his home along with a number of bleach containers, and what appeared to be his blueprint for murder.

Shroitman has pleaded not guilty to murder and has also been charged with third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, fourth-degree tampering with evidence and third-degree hindering his apprehension.

Fealey’s friends and relatives protested outside the courthouse demanding Shroitman remain in custody as he appeared for a bond hearing on Friday, some carrying posters reading ‘No bail, rot in Hell’, and ‘Justice for Maryrose Fealey’.

‘Fealey was tireless in her efforts to empower youth and those battling addiction, including her older brother Ian Fealey,’ her obituary read.

‘Founder of the 4 The Younger Me (4TYM), Fealey also was involved with the nonprofits DJ Choices and Empower Somerset.

‘She firmly believed that ‘substance abuse does not define the person’, and that ‘a toxic environment does not define the child’s future’.

‘She was always extremely supportive and had a big smile whenever she entered a room,’ said Ian Bockus of the nonprofit Not An Easy Fix.

Fealey's friends and relatives protested outside the courthouse demanding Shroitman remain in custody as he appeared for a bond hearing on Friday

Fealey’s friends and relatives protested outside the courthouse demanding Shroitman remain in custody as he appeared for a bond hearing on Friday 

Blood stains were found during a search of his home along with a number of bleach containers, and what appeared to be his blueprint for murder

Blood stains were found during a search of his home along with a number of bleach containers, and what appeared to be his blueprint for murder

‘My friend group and I have dealt with a lot of loss over the years but never anything like this. 

‘It doesn’t make sense and it isn’t right but it’s times like this where we need to come together as a family and a community and offer our support.’

Superior Court Judge Jonathan Romankow agreed with the protesters as he branded Shroitman a ‘grave risk’ to the community and denied him bail.

Shroitman is due back in court on March 22, and faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted.

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