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The street where David Berkowitz shot Donna Lauria

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Donna Lauria - Crime scene location

This is the street where serial killer David Berkowitz shot Donna Lauria and Jody Valenti.

The shooting occurred outside of Lauria's apartment at 2860 Buhre Avenue, which is situated in the Pelham Bay neighborhood of the Bronx.

At around 12.30 a.m. on July 29th, 1976, the two women parked outside of Lauria's apartment. At the time, they had just returned from Peachtree's in New Rochelle, which was a disco that they frequented every Wednesday night.

While the two girls were chatting in the car, Lauria's parents, Mike and Rose, arrived home from an evening out.

After making small talk with the two girls, Mike told his daughter that he was going upstairs to get their family dog. That way, they could take him for a walk around the block after Valenti had gone home.

When Mike entered the apartment building, Lauria said goodbye to her friend and turned to exit the vehicle. However, at that stage, she noticed that an unidentified man was approaching them with a paper bag in his hand.

The man in question was "the Son of Sam", David Berkowitz.

Before they could react, Berkowitz pulled a .44 caliber revolver out of his bag, crouched down, and fired four shots at the girls. Then, without saying a word, he ran off into the night.

Valenti was struck in the thigh and survived the attack. Sadly, Lauria wasn't as lucky, as the bullet struck her in the temple, killing her instantly.

After hearing the gunshots from his living room, Mike rushed downstairs, only to find his daughter lying dead on the street, with blood pouring from her head.

Following the attack, Valenti was unable to identify the shooter. Nor could she think of any reason why someone would want to target them. In her mind, it didn't make any sense, as the pair didn't have any enemies.

From what she could remember, their assailant was a man in his 30s who was wearing a blue-striped shirt. However, the description of his age was inaccurate, as Berkowitz was actually 23 years old at the time.

Because Buhre Avenue was an Italian-American neighborhood, the police initially believed that it might have been a mob hit. However, that theory was soon discarded.

Lauria was Berkowitz's first known murder victim. At the time, investigators had no idea that this was just the start of a series of killings that would terrorize New York for the next twelve months.

Donna Lauria crime scene location

Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.

GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the apartment are:

40.847236, -73.833677


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The full address for this location is:

2860 Buhre Avenue
The Bronx
New York
NY 10461
United States


The street where Lauria was shot is situated on the eastern side of the Bronx, in an area called Pelham Bay. It sits between Mayflower Avenue and Pilgrim Avenue, to the north of Westchester Avenue.

Details about the general area

Pelham Bay is a middle-class neighborhood in the Bronx. It has had a large Italian American population for decades.


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Buhre Avenue

Donna Lauria crime scene

Berkowitz crept up on Lauria and Valenti while they were sitting in a car on Buhre Avenue. He then pulled out his revolver and opened fire on them.

Because this was his first shooting, the police believed that it was either a mob hit gone wrong or another random occurrence of violence in the city.

Sadly, New York City had such a high rate of crime during the 1970s that the murder didn't raise too many eyebrows.

Mike Lauria


Although Mike heard the gunshots from his living room, he initially believed that a car had backfired. It wasn't until he left the apartment complex that he realized his daughter had been shot.

Jody Valenti

Jody Valenti

Although Jody Valenti survived the encounter, she suffered from PTSD for a number of years afterwards.

For more than half a decade, she refused to get into a car at night. She was also petrified of loud noises.

In Berkowitz's confession, he stated that he was driving around looking for a victim when he spotted the two girls sitting in the car on Buhre Avenue. At that point, he parked around the corner and then walked back to their vehicle with his revolver.

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