East Hampton Woman Stabbed to Death by Estranged Husband, Retreat to Host Forum

Posted on 31 July 2009


The Suffolk County Police Department Homicide Squad is investigating the stabbing death of an East Hampton woman.

East Hampton Town Police were called to 105-62 Oakview Highway in East Hampton last night after a child called 911 and said that his mother had been stabbed. Blanca Soto, 29, was taken to Southampton Hospital where she died. Her estranged husband David Soto, 41, was arrested a short distance from the scene by East Hampton Town Police. He was treated and released from Southampton Hospital for a self-inflicted stab wound.

Soto faces charges of Murder in the second degree, a felony, and will be arrainged in East Hampton Town Justice Court on August 1, 2009.

The Retreat will host a candlelight vigil and public forum on the stabbing Wednesday evening at Scoville Hall in Amagansett. See following post.

Above: David Soto is accused of stabbing his wife to death.

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2 Responses to “East Hampton Woman Stabbed to Death by Estranged Husband, Retreat to Host Forum”

  1. The Retreat announces Candlelight Vigil/ Community Forum memorializing Ms. Blanca Soto on August 5, 2009

    On July 30,2009 Ms. Blanca Soto, age 29, was tragically stabbed to death at her home on Oak View Highway. Village police were called at 10:20 p.m. after a child called 911 and said that his mother had been stabbed. Ms. Soto was taken to Southampton Hospital where she died from her wounds. Ms. Soto’s estranged husband, David Soto, 41, was arrested and has been charged with second-degree murder. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life. Domestic Violence does not just happen in other communities or in Hollywood. The tragic death of Ms. Soto is a wake up call for our community that domestic violence continues to be happening all around us. It is happening to our friends, family and our neighbors, even though we might not be aware of it because it is not talked about, seen or heard. It is our communities hidden epidemic.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control: One in four women will experience domestic abuse at some point in her life; In more than half of those cases children are also involved and abused. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States, more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.  
    On August 5th, at 6pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett, Scoville Hall, Meeting House Lane and Main Street, Amagansett, the Retreat will be holding a Community Forum, which will include a candlelight vigil and a moment of silence for Ms. Soto, as well as education and information about domestic violence in our community, the state of domestic violence funding, and specific ways the community can come together to help prevent another senseless murder.
    Over the last 12 months the Retreat has seen a significant increase of abuse and family violence. Domestic violence service requests at the Retreat increased 33.7% in the most recent 12-month period, just as organizational resources have begun declining, including a total funding elimination by the town of East Hampton. Elimination of funding from the town of East Hampton prevents the Retreat from protecting women and children.
    On August 5th community leaders, law enforcement, clergy and concerned citizens will take a stand in solidarity to speak out against domestic violence. The sole purpose of our community coming together will be to reflect on this terrible tragedy that has shaken our community to its core. Please join us for this very significant community event.
    For over two decades, the Retreat has been the only community-based, not-for-profit agency that provides direct domestic violence services and support for victims of domestic crimes on eastern Long Island, from Riverhead and all points east. The Retreat is the only agency serving eastern Long Island with domestic violence services comprising its founding purpose and core mission.  The Retreat’s endurance over the past 22 years has required overcoming harmful, inaccurate stereotypes portraying all Long Islanders as affluent, healthy, and not vulnerable to domestic or family violence. Domestic violence cuts across all perceived and imaginary barriers. We currently provide a wide array of direct services to crime victims on Long Island, including five core services: Crisis Hotline ; Domestic Violence Shelter; Legal Advocacy ; Counseling; and Domestic Violence Prevention Education.

    For more information on the Retreat’s Community Forum please call Jeffrey Friedman, Executive Director, at (631) 329-4398 or JFriedman@theretreatinc.org.

  2. Asteria.B says:

    violence is happening all over the world but nothing is impossible the principle of community development state that people want changes and they themselves can change.men can change but its obvious they don’t want to change even i faced violence when i was young up to now i am leaving like statue build my own life in my own world i feel like i am nothing and no body too,so not only wives facing violence from their husband but even children from parents and relatives.Who ever can stop it should stop it to save lives of innocent people is it a drama or real that Blanca Soto is dead?well may her soul rest in piece.

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