Student murdered at her home in Trenton
Lisa Glennon, 38, an undergraduate nursing student at La Salle, was murdered in the early morning of March 14.
Her former boyfriend, Brian Carlos Oliver, 39, of Melrose Avenue in Trenton, N.J., has been arrested and charged with homicide.
Glennon’s body was found in her home that day by police. She had suffered multiple stab wounds. Her two children,
Jordan Glennon, 15, and Aaliyah Carlos, 7, were asleep upstairs, unharmed. Various sources, including The Trentonian and an e-mail from nursing professor Lia van Rijswijk, stated that Glennon had taken out a restraining order against Oliver.
Oliver fled the scene but was arrested later that day in New York City, according to Casey Deblasio an official in the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.
He is currently being held at the Mercer County Correction Center.
Glennon was enrolled in the RN/BSN Program in La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences at the Bucks County Campus and was planning to graduate this May. She was also the assistant nurse manager of the emergency room at Capital Health Systems- Mercer, in Trenton.
Her funeral was held at Our Lady of Sorrows in Trenton March 20. A memorial service was held Monday at CHS-Mercer.
The hospital has been collecting money for a trust fund for her children.
“Lisa was beautiful inside and out, kind, deeply devoted to her children and determined to make a better life for them…” wrote van Rijswijk in an e-mail.
“Her strength and calmness were admirable.”
“It’s very difficult to speak of her in the past tense,” said Andrea Chilson, a friend of Glennon’s since childhood.
“She was friendly, outgoing. She appreciated the friendships she had.”
Chilson and Glennon met in middle school, when Chilson was 13. Chilson describes her as a woman who was proud of her accomplishments and had “a laugh that would go on forever.” The two were planning their graduation parties together for the spring.
Glennon was known as “Miss Lisa” to her children’s friends and “Little Lisa” to her own.
“She was small in size but big in spirit,” Chilson said. “She knew what she wanted, and she was going to get it.”
Glennon owned her own house and supported her two children as a single mother. “She made a life for herself,” Chilson said. “She really did.”
Prior to her job at CHS at Mercer, Glennon worked at CHS Fuld Emergency Room, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and the Princeton Medical Center. She had been considering returning to La Salle to earn her master's in nursing in the anesthesia track.
“She loved La Salle,” Chilson said.
Glennon came to La Salle because some of her other coworkers were taking classes there. Her adviser, Karen Rossi, described her as a motivated student. Rossi recalled that Glennon e-mailed her on Christmas to make sure she was on track to graduate on time.
Zane Wolf, the dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, is currently looking for a way to honor Glennon, which may include a memorial service at the Bucks County campus.
Wolf stated that Glennon’s death must be “a huge loss for her community.”
An unexpected source of support has surfaced for Glennon’s friends and family on Facebook.com, a social networking Web site. Glennon and Chilson created profiles for themselves a few months ago, and in that time, they reconnected with many people they had lost touch with over the years.
“It gave us the chance to hang with our friends again,” Chilson said.
After Glennon’s death, Facebook responses came pouring in from those who knew her.
A post from Awilda Ortiz Warner stated, “Lisa, today you have earned your wings and now soar home to glory! Know that we love and miss you, and one day we all will soar along with you! I will not say goodbye but see you later!!!
I will never forget such a blessed friend like you! Love you always!!”
This year’s Legs Against Arms III, a 5K run/walk at La Salle that is held to protest illegal handguns in Philadelphia, will be dedicated to Glennon. The event will take place April 26.
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