, we learn that Sarah Coit was a familiar type—a type that typically ends up on a slab in the morgue:
A sick girl with a taste for self-destruction, you say? But really, was Sarah Coit any sicker than the United States, was she any sicker than Great Britain or France or Sweden or Italy or Germany? Is not the entire West deliberately letting itself be destroyed by embracing masses of nonwhites and non-Westerners who are incompatible with its continued existence? Are not the innumerable white girls who put themselves in situations where they are abused and murdered by black and Hispanic and Muslim men the symbols of the liberal civilization that produced them?
Suspect’s ‘killer’ charm
“I knew he was going to kill her.”
A former neighbor of suave p.r. man Raul Barrera uttered those blood-chilling words yesterday after the sweet-talking womanizer was arrested for allegedly butchering his beautiful girlfriend—days before she planned to move out of their Lower East Side apartment to escape the controlling “monster.”
“His eyes were insane. He was a killer,” said Colleen Carerir, 24.
Carerir said she often heard Barrera terrorize Sarah Coit, 23, in the East 33rd Street building where they had lived before moving to Clinton Street, scene of the gruesome crime.
“He wasn’t human,” she said. “He was a monster. He looked at me like I was a piece of meat. I worked at Bellevue with mental patients, and they had nothing on this guy.”
SUAVE: Raul Barrera, accused of killing his beautiful girlfriend,
Sarah Coit, was “very much a charmer,” according to his ex-boss.
Carerir had a sinking feeling that Barrera would end up killing Coit, a talented artist from Greenwich, Conn., who neighbors heard begging for her life on Sunday.
But even before then, on East 33rd, “I heard her violent screams,” said Carerir. In January, Carerir called cops one night “when I thought he was killing her.”
“He had her in the bathtub, and it sounded like he was filling it with water,” Carerir said. “I think he was strangling her. She was screaming a lot and coughing.”
Cops came, but did not arrest Barrera, she said.
Carerir said Barrera also “tried to hit on me. He was a ladies’ man.”
Barrera, once a staple at Louis Vuitton launch parties, was “very much a charmer. He spoke to a lot of women,” said his former p.r. boss, B.J. Coleman.
He did a lot more than hit on women. The handsome fashion flack—who moonlighted as a personal trainer at a Manhattan gym—had a record of seven domestic violence incidents with two former girlfriends from 2001 to 2004.
It appears they were the lucky ones.
He allegedly stabbed Coit over and over in the head and torso, rotating knives from a collection of eight that he had in the apartment, police sources said. Her head was also bashed in.
The attack was so grisly, it left a piece of a knife lodged in her head.
The violence around 2:30 a.m. was so loud, numerous neighbors were awakened by Coit’s anguished cries for help. Three people living in a building next door called 911 and told operators the yelling was coming from their apartment building. Two others also called 911, and they, too, gave the wrong address.
A blood-covered Barrera fled 63 Clinton St. after the fatal confrontation, allegedly leaving his girlfriend clinging to life on the floor with her internal organs spilling out.
Barrera hopped in a cab to Penn Station. On the way there, he called his father, who persuaded him to surrender, police said.
Stunned cops at the Ninth Precinct rushed to the address he gave them to find the dying woman.
Finally, help arrived, but it was too late. Through the locked door, police asked Coit if she was capable of letting them in.
“No,” she responded.
It’s believed to have been her last word.
Cops had to knock the door down. Shortly afterward, the School of Visual Arts student, an accomplished artist, was dead.
Barrera told cops their final fight began because she was leaving him. A few days earlier, neighbor Taren Dolbashian, 26, heard Barrera crying loudly, “Why are you doing this to me again?”
Jessica Blum, Coit’s best friend since age 13, said she had been trying to help Coit break away from Barrera.
She was happy to learn Coit had agreed to move out Sunday after weeks of putting it off.
“Sarah was trying to get away,” said Blum, who called the 33-year-old Barrera a freeloader and said he took advantage of Coit for years.
“He was awful. He gave you bad vibes instantly. He was horrible. He was controlling over her … He broke her computer when she wouldn’t let him use it. He would take her BlackBerry for a week at a time, saying she didn’t need to use it,” Blum said.
She also said Barrera would send BlackBerry messages to Coit’s friends from her phone, pretending to be her and cutting them off.
“He was an emotionally controlling person. It’s baffling that she stayed with him. She normally wouldn’t put up with that. He’s a real monster,” Blum said.
In the Brooklyn neighborhood where Barrera previously lived, residents said he had a thing for blond women like Coit, and often was seen getting into and out of car-service vehicles with a pretty girl at his side.
For her part, Coit usually dated bad boys who mistreated her, even at ritzy Greenwich HS, where Coit ran track and cross-country, said Sophie Conti 22, a friend who now lives in SoHo.
“She had a history of mildly abusive boyfriends,” Conti said, noting that in high school, Coit dated a guy who was in jail.
“She could have had anyone, but she chose sketchy characters,” Conti said of Coit, whose father, Lynde Coit, is a Cornell-educated lawyer and adviser to the CEO of Plasco Energy Group.
“It’s beyond me how anyone from our background could be put in such a situation. It was just shocking. She was just so tall and statuesque and beautiful,” Conti said.
Contrast that with Barrera, who gave people the creeps.
Coleman said he and his former employee had a falling-out in 2009, after he failed to show up for an assignment.
“Some of the girls in my office had a weird vibe about him,” said Coleman.
But that didn’t stop Barrera from hitting on lots of ladies. Some women fell for it, Coleman said.
Last week, Barrera reached out to Coleman after months of silence to say he was moving to the Lower East Side to be closer to his young son from a previous relationship, and that Coit had “moved back to Connecticut.”
Cops said he killed her instead.
After the murder, Barrera directed his cab to the Ninth Precinct station house because he knew where it was—due to having been taken there years ago following previous domestic-violence incidents from earlier relationships.
He told police, “I did something bad,” a source said.
He allegedly confessed, saying he had grabbed a knife out of Coit’s hands when she came at him with it, sources said.
But “there’s no excuse,” Barrera also admitted, sources said.
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