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Stabbing victims thought they were at fraternity house

When Luis M. Antonetti, a Buffalo State College sophomore, was fatally stabbed in Oswego early Saturday, he was with fraternity brothers who trashed the front yard of a house they believed was that of a rival fraternity.

They were wrong.

The house at 108 Fifth Ave. was the home of Christopher A. Motola, 27 -- not that of the other fraternity.

Antonetti and Zeta Beta Tau brothers from Buffalo and Oswego state colleges stood outside the house -- challenging their perceived adversaries, banging on the house -- even destroying property and breaking a window.
About 1 a.m., police said, Motola emerged, pulled out a 9-inch, double-edged knife and stabbed Antonetti about three times in his chest and abdomen; then he stabbed two fraternity brothers.

Antonetti, 22, died about 1 1/2 hours later in Oswego Hospital.

Andrew Aguado, 19, of Warsaw, suffered stab wounds to the abdomen. He was listed in critical condition in University Hospital in Syracuse.

A 22-year-old man, whose identity was not released, was stabbed in the hand. He was treated in Oswego Hospital and released.

Motola has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Antonetti, a Buffalo resident.

Tuesday, a prosecutor said Motola may not be criminally responsible for the crime. Oswego County District Attorney Donald Dodd declined to elaborate further.

Meanwhile, Motola's attorney, Anthony DiMartino, called it "entirely a self-defense case."

"He didn't ask for this to happen," DiMartino said.

In a news release Tuesday, Oswego Police Chief Michael J. Dehm said, "We have no indication that Mr. Motola knew any of the males involved in the confrontation or that he is or was a member of any fraternal organization, and to our knowledge no other resident of 108 Fifth Ave. had any ties to a fraternal organization."

Antonetti and two of his fraternity brothers were there to visit an Oswego branch of their fraternity.

Motola appeared in Oswego City Court before Judge James M. Metcalf and remained free on $10,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Monday.

Motola, a 2000 graduate of Oswego State, is a reporter for Oswego County Business Magazine.

"Everybody is very shocked at what happened, including myself. He's such a good guy. He never raised his voice. He was always friendly and very helpful," said Wagner Dotto, the magazine's publisher.

The victim's father, Miguel A. Antonetti, said he grieves the loss of his youngest child.

"Even though this appears to be a senseless act, I believe there has to be a purpose to this," said Antonetti. "There was a lot of savage force used in this crime but I refuse to believe there is no purpose in this. Perhaps it's to encourage communication, rather than resolving things through brute force."

Born in Puerto Rico, Luis Antonetti came to Buffalo with his family as a baby. He attended Amherst Central High School but dropped out in his senior year and then obtained his general education diploma.

Three years ago, he began classes at Buffalo State College.

An avid weight lifter and naturalist, he dreamed of becoming a veterinarian.

In addition to his father and mother, Lydmia Santiago, survivors include a brother, Jorge of Castletown; a sister, Lydmia Rivera of Puerto Rico; and his girlfriend, Jennifer Christianson of Buffalo.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida Church, 62 Virginia St.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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