Lauren Pazienza Wiki – Biography
Lauren Pazienza is a Long Island native who is Arrested in ‘Senseless’ Manhattan Street Shove Death of 87-Year-Old Voice Coach.
Last week, a top NYPD official called the case a “disgusting, disgraceful offence committed against a vulnerable, elderly female who was doing nothing but walking down the streets of New York City.”
She is 26 years old.
Barbara Maier Gustern, an active performer and voice coach, was wrapping up rehearsal last Thursday night in Chelsea when the woman approached her from behind and pushed her to the ground.
Gustern suffered a severe head injury and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Police announced five days later that she had died due to her injuries.
A source close to the case tells Eyewitness News that Pazienza did not know the victim. The motive, if there is one, is still unclear.
Gustern was walking along 28th Street on her way to attend a student’s performance when the woman attacked her near Eighth Avenue.
Gustern’s grandson A.J. spoke out to Eyewitness News on Monday.
“She’s the light of my life,” he said after flying in from Colorado to be with his grandmother at Bellevue Hospital. “I’m angry at the state of the world. I’m angry at the state of the city.”
Gustern had been known in the theater world for decades.
She worked with singers ranging from the cast members of the 2019 Broadway revival of the musical “Oklahoma!” to experimental theater artist and 2017 MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Taylor Mac, who told the New York Times she was “one of the great humans that I’ve encountered.”
Her late husband, Joe Gustern, was also a singer, with credits including “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway.
The woman wanted to allegedly shove a beloved 87-year-old grandmother who later died from her injuries in a random, unprovoked attack in New York City surrendered to police Tuesday.
Lauren Pazienza, 26, of Port Jefferson, turned herself in at the 10th Precinct and was charged with manslaughter.