Benefit dinner held for grieving family of Montgomery County woman

November 12, 2018 11:19 PM

ST. JOHNSVILLE – It's been more than a month since a Montgomery County woman vanished on her way home from work, only to be found dead in Fulton County days later. New York State Police have yet to release autopsy and toxicology results in the death of Michaela MacVilla.

As her family continues to grieve, a benefit was held at the H.C. Smith Benefit Club in St. Johnsville on Monday. Many community members came out for it.

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“It's a family village,” said resident Margaret Raux. “It's a small village and they all pull together."

The money raised will go toward helping the family pay for daily expenses as the family has dealt with a lot this past year. MacVilla is the third family member they've lost in three months. Her grandfather and sister both died recently.

"The grief is so much, my sister and her husband, they really have been unable to work,” said Michaela’s Aunt, Cora Murray.

Murray said not having Michaela will be especially difficult this time of year.

"From the time she was 3 years old until the present day, she was next to me preparing Thanksgiving Dinner for all our family,” said Murray.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to New York State Police to see if there are any updates on the case as of Monday night. There said there are not. Murray said police have released the cause of death to the family.

They have kept us updated on who they're looking at,” explained Murray. “But it's not for us to disclose to anyone."

There's also a GoFundMe page for the family, so far more than $7,000 has been raised.


WNYT Staff

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