Heartbreak In Pittsburgh: First Photos Of Infant Twins Revealed After One Is MURDERED By Babysitter (Get The INSANE Details!)

By Maria Angelino | Sunday, 23 June 2024 04:30 PM
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The city of Pittsburgh is mourning the tragic loss of one of its youngest residents, a six-week-old infant named Leon Katz.

The first images of the bubbly, smiling Leon and his twin brother Ari have surfaced, casting a somber shadow over the joyous memories captured in these photographs. The alleged perpetrator of this heinous act is a trusted family friend and babysitter, Nicole Virzi, a PhD student from California.

According to The New York Post, Leon's untimely death occurred on Father's Day, a day that should have been a celebration for first-time father Ethan Katz and his wife, Savannah Roberts. Instead, the day was marred by the horrific circumstances surrounding Leon's death, which coincided with the couple's first wedding anniversary.

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Friends of the grieving parents have set up a GoFundMe page to help them navigate through this unbearable loss. The page reads, "Leon Katz, a beautiful and healthy six-week-old baby boy, was tragically killed under horrific circumstances on June 16, 2024." The campaign has already raised over $50,000, a testament to the impact Leon's death has had on the Pittsburgh community.

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The circumstances leading to Leon's death are as baffling as they are tragic. The Katz couple had entrusted Virzi with their twins while they rushed Ari to the hospital for an unexplained injury. Virzi, 29, had alerted them to the injury. While they were away, Virzi claimed that Leon had fallen from his bouncer chair when she stepped away to fetch a bottle, as reported by the Daily Mail.

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However, medical professionals found Leon's injuries to be consistent with child abuse, not an accident, according to WTAE. The GoFundMe page states, "A trusted family friend has been arrested for homicide, child endangerment, and aggravated assault that the boys experienced."

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Virzi, a fifth-year PhD candidate at the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, according to her now-deleted LinkedIn profile, is also accused of abusing Ari. She is currently being held without bail at the Allegheny County Jail and is scheduled for a court appearance on Friday. Despite the charges, Virzi has denied the allegations.

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The Katz family is now grappling with "significant financial burdens," according to their friends on the GoFundMe page. The funds raised will be used to cover funeral expenses, medical bills for both Leon and Ari, essential baby supplies, and relocation costs as they navigate this difficult time.

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Nicole Virzi is believed to be the daughter of Manhattan cardiologist Peter J. Virzi. When contacted by a Post reporter, a man identifying himself as Nicole's father criticized the reporter's approach before abruptly ending the call.

David Shrager, Virzi's attorney, told Pittsburgh's WTAE, "Our client denies these allegations. She is a loving person and a friend to these people and would never harm anyone's child, let alone theirs." He added, "She's going to be 30 years old. She's a PhD student. She is long-term friends with the family in this situation. As I’ve said, it doesn’t show any criminal history in her background and we’re anxious to get our day in court."

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Savannah Roberts, like Virzi, is also a fifth-year PhD student in Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. As the Katz family and the Pittsburgh community grapple with this tragic loss, the quest for justice for Leon continues.

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