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Third Man Charged In Fatal Stabbing Of Westchester Sales Associate

Joey Comunale
Joey Comunale Photo Credit: Instagram

A third man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a Westchester sales associate who was killed in Manhattan Nov. 13 and buried in a shallow grave in New Jersey, the NYPD announced on Tuesday.

Max Gemma, 29, of Oceanport on Long Island, was charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence in the death of 26-year-old Joseph "Joey" Comunale, who lived in Stamford, Conn.

Comunale went to a party at Rackover's Upper East Side apartment after he went out to a Manhattan nightclub the night before. Detective have said they believe an argument that escalated led to the stabbing.

Two other men -- Manhattan resident James Rackover, 25, and Jersey City resident Lawrence Dilione, 28 -- were charged in connection with the death of Comunale, who was stabbed 15 times Nov. 13 in a luxury apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, police said. Rackover ws charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence in the case as well as an additional charge of concealment of a human corpse. Dilione was formally indicted Monday, but prosecutors declined to say on what charges.

Comunale, who worked as a sales associate at Tri-Ed in Elmsford, was a 2008 graduate of Westhill High School, where he was a member of the state championship baseball team and played hockey, and a 2012 graduate of Hofstra University, with a degree in legal studies in business.

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