Murder-suicide shocks Maspeth
by Heather Senison
Dec 22, 2011 | 17442 views | 3 3 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Murder suicide shakes Maspeth

By Heather Senison

Lifelong Maspeth and Glendale resident Maureen Biermann and her stepson David were stabbed multiple times inside their home on Tuesday, December 20, according to police.

After receiving a call at 6 a.m., responding officers found Biermann, 43, unconscious inside her building near the intersection of 56th Street and Nurge Avenue suffering from a stab wound to the neck, according to police reports. Her stepson, 22-year-old David Muller, was stabbed multiple times in the back.

Biermann was transported to Wyckoff Hospital where she was pronounced dead and Muller was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

Shortly after, the police-identified assailant James Peck, 33, jumped in front of a Long Island Railroad train near Fresh Pond Road and Metropolitan Avenue and killed himself, according to a report from the 104th Precinct.

According to reports, David heard a scuffle in his stepmother's bedroom. When he went to investigate, Peck turned around and stabbed him several times.

The two victims attempted to go outside for help, and while David made it out to the sidewalk, Biermann only made it to the bottom of the stairs in her apartment building.

Biermann is survived by a 24-year-old daughter and two dogs, along with her sisters, brother and mother.

Biermann is described as a fun-loving and devoted friend who loved to go camping, be outdoors and see live music.

“She was the nicest person,” a friend of 25 years told the paper last week. “She would do anything for you."

Biermann had many friends in Glendale and Middle Village and will be missed by many.

"She also was one of the main picture-takers of our group and we have many memories preserved because of her," her friend added. "She liked taking pictures at all of our get-togethers, many of which were our musician friends' gigs or events."

Biermann was involved in an annual Toys for Tots Run with area motorcyclists, asking local bars to participate.

Every Christmas, her friend said, Biermann made giant paper snowflakes, which are currently hanging in one of her favorite haunts, PJ Quinn's on Metropolitan Avenue.

“She was loved by so many people,” her friend said.

This article has been updated from a previous article which incorrectly attributed certain facts to a friend of Maureen Biermann.

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December 27, 2011
If only she had a gun and knew how to use it she may have been able to defend herself or even her son may have been able to stop the attack. not in this city Because Bloomberg don't like guns people will continue to die.
December 26, 2012
Truck 3
December 23, 2011
vanderveer station will miss you snowflake