Cresskill High School Student’s Stalker Kills Mother, Leading to Federal Lawsuit Against Local Police

A widower filed a lawsuit in New Jersey alleging that police ignored repeated complaints about a young man stalking his teenage daughter.

In a disturbing case that has rocked the community of Cresskill, New Jersey, Victor Rosasco has initiated legal action, claiming that law enforcement’s disregard for his family’s concerns directly led to a horrific crime. This lawsuit, filed in Bergen County, New Jersey, sheds light on a series of events culminating in a brutal murder.

At the heart of this tragic narrative is Divna Rosasco, a 51-year-old woman whose life ended in violence. On June 14, 2020, following an altercation with her daughter, Divna was murdered in their home. According to the lawsuit, she was pushed down the stairs and stabbed 55 times, with 34 wounds to her head. Her body was later discovered at a park pier in Teaneck.

Nicholas Coirazza, a 22-year-old, has since pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and disturbing human remains. He received a 50-year sentence in state prison, with no parole eligibility until December 2062.

A Mother’s Pleas Ignored

The lawsuit paints a harrowing picture of a mother’s failed attempts to protect her family. Divna Rosasco and her husband Victor had raised alarms about Coirazza’s inappropriate behavior towards their 14-year-old daughter, a student at Cresskill High School. Divna reported Coirazza to the police at least six times and approached school officials on several occasions.

Despite these efforts, the lawsuit claims that both the school principal and the now-retired police chief dismissed Divna’s concerns, suggesting she needed psychiatric help instead of taking her seriously.

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“The police determined that it would be easier to ignore (Divna Rosasco) altogether, effectively labeling her as a hysterical woman, rather than conduct the most basic investigation,” the lawsuit states.

A Failed Intervention

Desperate for a resolution, the Rosascos attempted to confront Coirazza directly. They arranged a meeting with him at a Dunkin’ store, where Coirazza, described in the lawsuit as “impassive,” refused to cease communication with their daughter. He justified his actions by claiming he was trying to “help her” and other “troubled” teens.

The Aftermath

This case raises critical questions about the response of law enforcement and educational institutions to allegations of stalking and exploitation. The Rosasco family’s ordeal underscores the importance of taking such accusations seriously to prevent future tragedies.

Cresskill police have not commented on the lawsuit. The case highlights the need for vigilance and support for victims of abuse, especially minors and the elderly. The public is encouraged to seek help through emergency numbers and supportive resources.

  • For immediate assistance, call 911, 988, or (800)-942-6906.
  • Text “WELL” to 65173.
  • More information is available at NYC Well.