Police: Waterloo woman found dead, husband charged with murder

Updated: November 21, 2020 10:19 AM
Created: November 20, 2020 12:18 PM

WATERLOO, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York State Police say a Waterloo woman is dead and her husband is charged with murder.

State police say the investigation was centered on the area of East River and West River streets in the village of Waterloo.

Troopers say the homeowner, Ashia M. Chilson-Gray, 40, was found dead when the Waterloo Police Department responded to a welfare check at the home Friday. Police say she was stabbed to death.

News10NBC's Emily Putnam talked with neighbors who said they were shocked to see police activity in their small community. 

"It's terrifying," neighbor Ashley Coriale said. "It is, I mean, you don't know, so it makes everything worse, and you're paranoid of everything. I mean, my sister came home a couple of hours ago, and the doors locked. I mean, that's not normal. I mean, I remember growing up and never locking the doors ever."

A person of interest was holed up in the Elmcrest Apartments, a senior living center on Lewis Street in Geneva for several hours. Neighbors told News10NBC Gray has a relative living there. 

He is now in custody. 

State police say the suspect is Chilson-Gray's husband, John W. Gray III, 38. He was charged with second degree murder and taken to the Seneca County CAP for arraignment.

One neighbor who spoke with Emily Putnam told her she "didn't realize the situation had gotten that bad," and when Putnam asked her to expand on what she meant by "the situation," she said didn't want to go into detail. 

Police say no one was injured in the process of bringing Gray into custody.

The Geneva City School District Identified Chilson-Gray as their family and consumer sciences teacher at Geneva Middle School. It put a message on its website, saying "The Geneva City School community is greatly saddened by the sudden death of one of our staff, Ashia Chilson-Gray. Ms. Chilson-Gray was a family and consumer sciences teacher at Geneva Middle School. As a school community, we would like to express our deepest condolences to her family and friends." Click here to read the full message or for information on grief counseling.

The Waterloo Central School District's administration office on Washington Street, LaFayette Intermediate on Inslee Steet, and Skoi-Yase Primary on Fayette Street were all under lockout procedures earlier in the day, but the lockout has since been lifted.

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