PLAINVIEW - Police are investigating the death of an 8-year-old, wheelchair-bound girl from Plainview.
Julie Cirella, who suffered from cerebral palsy, was set to be a flower girl in her cousin's wedding today, officials say.
Police say they were called to the scene by the girl's grandmother, who discovered her in the basement of the family's home on Shelly Court. They say they arrived to find the girl's 31-year-old mother next to her, apparently trying to strangle herself.
Investigators say the groom in the wedding also lived in the home, along with the victim and her parents. They say shortly before the groomsmen arrived for photographs this afternoon, police cars swarmed the home to investigate what they've termed a homicide.
Police say the girl's mother, Veronica Cirella is at Nassau County Medical center, and is alert and conscious. Investigators are awaiting a warrant to search the home.
Neighbors say the wedding proceeded as planned, without the flower girl.