Manhattan’s Upper West Side used to be a dangerous place to live. Crime was high. Drugs were rampant. But that was decades ago. Today, the neighborhood is one of the safest parts of New York. It’s also among the priciest. Celebrities and wealthy families call it home. Upscale shops and trendy restaurants line the streets. Moms and nannies with kids on their way to private school clog the sidewalks. You’ve got a much better chance of being run over by a $1000 stokke stroller than being mugged.
Debra Silver lived on the Upper West Side. In a doorman building. Her apartment was just a block from Central Park. It’s still there. She is not. The 46-year-old was murdered in her home last week. So was a former companion. Police say both were shot to death by Silver’s current boyfriend. The New York Daily News reports she was making dinner for the two of them when the killer entered and gunned both down. He then committed suicide.
It is a sad fact. But lives are often revealed only in death. Tragically, such is the case with Debra Silver. She led a remarkably diverse and colorful life. She was an attorney. She was also a versatile actress and musician. Her stage name was Coco Silvera. Her web site is full of jobs, pictures and clips of her performances. On television, her resume lists appearances on Guiding Light, A&E Biography, and the Daily Show. Silver also participated in several pilots for Spike TV and PBS. There are short films as well, films like “Harry Situation.” You can watch it here.
She played the trombone and the piano, enjoyed swing and ballroom dancing. Silver spoke fluent Hebrew, French and Spanish. She was also an ex- auxiliary officer with the New York Police Department.
And now she is gone. The victim of extreme violence. Take a moment to look at her web site. The photographs. The films. Her words. They are all now part of what is now an online memorial to a very talented woman.
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