An argument over a pack of cigarettes led to the murder of a Connecticut man according to law-enforcement sources who spoke with the New York Post.
Joseph Comunale, 26, was allegedly stabbed to death by party boy and con man James Rackover, 25, after telling him he was leaving his late-night afterparty to go grab some smokes.
The other man who has been arrested in connection with Rackover’s death, 28-year-old Lawrence Dillione, reportedly told police that after Rackover refused to let Comunale leave, the young man said to his host: ‘What are you going to do about it?’
It is unclear what happened after this, or if this is possibly why Comunale could be seen leaving the apartment and then reentering around 7:30am on the day he was killed.
Both Rackover and Dilione are being held in connection with Communale’s death, but neither has been charged with murder at this time.
Rackover has called the charges ‘bulls***’ while Dilione was released on a $300,000 bond on Wednesday according to the New York Department of Corrections.
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A law-enforcement source claims that the murder of Joseph Comunale (above) close to two weeks ago was over a pack of cigarettes
Comunale, 26, was at the apartment of James Rackover with Lawrence Dilione (pair above), when he told his host he was going to get smokes
Comunale was laid to rest in Stamford, Connecticut Wednesday in front of 800 friends and family members
Comunale was laid to rest on Wednesday in Stamford, Connecticut, at St Leo’s Church, where over 800 heartbroken friends and family members turned up to pay their final respects.
His father Pat broke down in tears as he spoke to those in attendance, saying: ‘Well, Joey’d be mad at me for crying, because he never cried.
‘He loved his friends. That’s a testament to what kind of kid he was. And he shared everything with his friends, I can assure you.’
Family members and friends outside the church said that all they want now is for justice to be served, and for Dilione and Rackover to go to prison for killing the caring young man with a ‘big heart.’
Rackover and Dilione both appeared in a Manhattan courtroom last Thursday evening where a judge set their bond at $3million each.
They were each initially charged with concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence after one or both of them allegedly stabbed Comunale 15 times and then tried to burn his body with gasoline on Sunday.
Dilione is also facing an additional charge for hindering prosecution.
Rackover was also indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on Monday, with those charges set to be revealed at his first court appearance next month.
The body of Comunale, who goes by the name Joey, was discovered in a wooded stretch on the Jersey shore early Wednesday.
The area is just minutes from Dilione’s workplace, Shore Point Roofing.
Comunale’s heartbroken friends are comforted at his funeral on Wednesday
Both Dilione (above) and Rackhouse (above) are being held in connection with Comunale’s death but neither has been charged with murder
Rackhouse (above) was indicted by a grand jury on Monday and has called claims that he murdered Comunale ‘bulls***’
Comunale’s partially-burned remains were found inside a suitcase that had been buried behind Foggia’s Florist in the town of Oceanport. There were multiple stab wounds on the victim’s body while he also suffered a broken pelvis.
Comunale was reported missing at 8am on Tuesday by his father after he never returned home from his weekend trip to New York City.
He reportedly met Rackover and Dilione at Gilded Lily, a club on West 14th Street, and that at the end of the evening they headed back to Rackover’s apartment on 59th Street with three women.
The three women then left early that morning, and Comunale was seen reentering the building around 7:30am.
Some time after he returned the men reportedly got into a fight and Comunale was stabbed multiple times.
Then at some point a person inside called the front desk to request a luggage cart.
Not long after that, a man was recorded on surveillance video using the cart to transport two pieces of luggage out of the building.
A building employee was also reportedly asked by an individual in the building how long video surveillance was kept before it gets erased.
Dilione (left), 28, reportedly told police that after Rackhouse (right) refused to let Comunale leave, Comnunale said to the host: ‘What are you going to do?’
Racjhouse changed his name in March of last year after moving in with Jeffrey Rackhouse (pair above in May 2014)
Rackover was born James Arthur Beaudoin Jr. in Florida, and was arrested multiple times for burglary, armed robbery, and drug possession.
Then, in January of 2009 he was charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, again in Broward County.
For that arrest he was also charged with violating his probation.
He left Broward County and his criminal past behind however to travel north to New York, where he found a new home in Jeffrey Rackover’s multimillion dollar apartment.
James was later given his own apartment in the same building, which is where police believe the grizzly murder of Comunale occurred this weekend.
Jeffrey treated James as the son he never had and allowed him to formally use his name.
In March of last year, Rackover filed court papers and had his name legally changed.