Obit: Deborah Ann O'Donnell

Deborah Ann O’Donnell, 44, died Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from a gunshot wound to the head, at her home in Latham, NY.Her tragic death, was the result of a heinous act of domestic violence. In the ultimate act of selfishness and cowardice, her husband, a police officer, used his duty weapon to shoot her in the back of the head, shoot their son in the side of the head and shoot the family dog. He wrapped their bodies in sheets and carried them to the upstairs bedroom, where he laid them on the bed and covered them with a blanket. He then went downstairs and drenched the entire interior of their home with gasoline and set the house on fire. The coward murderer then shot himself in the head. Born March 12, 1971, in Port Jervis, New York to Edward J. O’Donnell and Karen A. Barbarino, Debbie was the sister, and sole sibling, of Cody Police Officer, Stephen P. O’Donnell Sr. She held a Master’s Degree in International Business and Japanese from Manhattanville College in Purchase NY. While attending college, she worked as a dorm supervisor at Keio Academy of New York, the prestigious school for Japanese American students. For 13 years, Debbie taught English to students in the Albany NY School district who came to the United States from many different countries. She was a devoted mother to her two sons and a mentor to many in her vocational specialty. As a child, Debbie lived in, and attended school for several years in, both Laramie and Cody, Wyoming, before returning to New York where she graduated High School in 1989. She had a great love for Wyoming, and always missed her time and friends here. On July 17, 1999, she married her killer, Israel J. Roman. She had two sons: Noah, 15, and Nathan, 10, whom is also deceased. She is survived by her elder son, Noah. Also surviving are brother, Stephen P. O’Donnell Sr., Cody WY, her father, Edward J. O’Donnell, Matamoras PA, and her mother Karen Chromy (Barbarino), Latham NY. Debbie’s brother, Officer Steve O’Donnell, Cody Police Department, asks that anyone wishing to send gifts or condolences, please make a monetary donation to Park County Crisis Intervention Services to help local victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. #reboot #news #obits