Remembering Susan

Parents hold ‘baby shower’ for daughter 7 years after her murder


Nearly seven years ago, on Feb. 24, 2005, Franklin Square resident Susan Ambrosino, formerly Susan Detz, was shot once in the head and killed. Her then-boyfriend, Steven Schiovone, 35, of Levittown, was immediately suspected by police of shooting her while the two were inside of her car in Queens, and leaving her body in the trunk of her Nissan Altima. Ambrosino was 26 years old at the time of her death. She was also several months pregnant.

In 2007, Schiovone pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges. According to several reports, he killed Ambrosino to keep her from revealing that he was the father of the baby, her second child. Ambrosino and was formerly married to Schiovone’s half-brother, Keith Ambrosino of Elmont. They had one daughter together, Taylor, who was 8 when Ambrosino was killed. The couple had divorced several years prior to Ambrosino’s murder.

According to Ambrosino’s family, Schiovone had asked her to have an abortion, prior to allegedly killing her, and she had refused.

According to police, Ambrosino was killed by a single .380-caliber gunshot wound to the left side of the head, just behind the ear. Law enforcement officials said she was probably shot as she sat in the passenger seat, and her body was likely later moved.

Ambrosino lived near Mosefan Street in Franklin Square with Taylor, just blocks from where she was raised by parents Josephine and Robert Detz.

For the past two years, Ambrosino’s family has hosted a “Remembrance Baby Shower,” a fund- and donation-raising event, at their home in Franklin Square. According to Ambrosino's mother, Josephine, the event his held to celebrate the meaning of motherhood — which was very dear to Ambrosino — honor her life and attempt to turn the anniversary of her death into something positive for local residents. Attendees are encouraged to donate baby items or money, which is used to purchase more items.

Donations are then turned over to the Mercy Medical Centers Obstetrics and Pediatric Department, in honor of Ambrosino and her baby, Gerard.

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