The woman murdered in what State Police call an apparently random attack worked for 14 years as a librarian in the Oswego City School District.
Lori Bresnahan, 47, of Liverpool had just a gymnastics class at Great Northern Mall Thursday evening with a young girl. They were walking back to her car in the mall parking lot, according to State Police, when they were kidnapped by a man, who threw the woman and child into her car, drove them to a spot along VerPlank Road, about three miles away, and stabbed Bresnahan several times. He also attacked the girl, but she escaped.
Police arrested David Renz, 29, of Lakeshore Rd., Cicero. He was charged with murder, rape and kidnapping.
Police do not believe Renz knew his victims.
Both the victim and the suspect have ties to Oswego County.
Bresnahan graduated from SUNY Oswego and worked for 14 years as a librarian at Kingsford Park, from 1992 – 2006.
District Clerk Bill Foley said Bresnahan was beloved. “She loved being a librarian, she loved the kids,” he said.
Foley said Bresnahan left Oswego after she adopted a daughter. She got a job in the Liverpool school district in order to be closer to home for her child’s sake. “There was such a smile on her face when she adopted her young daughter,” he said.
Bresnahan received her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Oswego and her Masters of Library Science from Syracuse University,.
She taught as an adjunct instructor at SUNY Oswego’s school of Curriculum and Instruction from 2004 until the end of the Fall, 2012 semester, according to Julie Blissert, college spokesperson.
Benz has a connection to Oswego as well. Blissert said he graduated from the school in Dec., 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. His Facebook page contained many photos of him playing paintball, apparently as part of the college’s paintball club, the Oswego Rush.
Blissert could not confirm Benz was part of the club as rosters may not have been filed with the college.