Friends Turn Gabe Philby's Facebook Page into Memorial

Late Commack HIgh School graduate's Facebook page flooded with messages as news of his death reaches Long Island residents.


Commack residents have taken to Facebook to express their goodbyes and memories of their former classmate Gabriel Philby-Zetsche. 

Gabriel Philby-Zetsche, a 2009 Commack High School graduate, He was 22. 

As news has reached Commack residents, many of them have taken to posting on Gabe Philby's Facebook page as an Internet memorial.

Here's a look at what Philby-Zetsche's friends and former classmates had to say about his passing:


"I have to thank you. For more than you can even imagine. A true best friend is everything you've ever gave to me, nothing short. It would be an injustice to you to say you were my best friend, you were much more than that. An absolute inspiration and true friend with endless LOVE shown nonstop with out fail. 

You adopted everything and everyone I cared for as if they were your own. Approached everyone with an eager smile and an open heart. No question you brought out the best in me. Physically limited, but emotionally gifted. We have laughed, cried, played, fought and cared for as long as I can remember. 

You are an amazing person and I hate to see you leave. Thank you Gabe Philby. Rest in PEACE," wrote Vinny Galiano, also posting a photogallery of Gabe. 


"Gabe, I miss you already when I found out the news I was in shock, I was hoping it was all a dream. You will be missed by the Capanzano family very much... I will never forget all our memories together, you were like family to us. Rest in peace Gabe," posted Courtney Capanzano. 


"RIP Gabe Philby... I cant believe that your gone, we were just talking about the Olympics about a week ago. i remember like it's yesterday when you, my brother, and i would all play together when we were kids. you'll never be forgotten my friend," wrote Michael Schliemann. 


"Rest easy man you allways put smiles on the faces of those around you. I know your still smiling I'm gunna miss it. Love forever bro," posted Sean Albinski. 


"Gabe, I just wanted to say thank you for all that you have done for me and the people I love. You are the friend that everyone wished they had because no one was truer than you.

Your love was like a flame that never burnt out, it was infinite. You touched upon so many lives in several ways, the ways no one else could. You always had a glow about you that made everyone happy to see you.

Just like Vin said you were absolutely an inspiration...to everyone! I don't think anyone could ever forget you because you were so genuinely nice to everyone. I will never forget the times we shared, especially the movies and dinner night...and most importantly when you visited me at work gave me the rose and said goodbye.

It wasn't as sad as we thought because we knew we would keep in touch all the time, just like we did. I'm going to miss that. I will miss you. I love you brother, best friend, & everything else we called each other<33333 Rest In Peace Gabe Philby," wrote Stephanie Heyman. 


"RIP Gabe, you're a great friend, and I enjoyed talking and getting to know you over the years. It was always great talking about the Yankees with you, and being on the bowling team with you back in tenth grade. You're an amazing person, and you will not be forgotten," posted former classmate Charlie Wojcik. 

Did you know Gabriel Philby-Zetsche? Share your memories of him and times in Commack with Patch by emailing editor Sara Walsh at sara-megan.walsh@patch.com. 

Nina August 01, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Gabe was a beautiful person. He bowled with my son in an afterschool league. Older than most of the other bowlers, he was always smiling and offering help. He had an amazing sense of humor and a smile that lit up a room. RIP
Robert Gardner August 01, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Gabe and Tracy were EXTREAMLY close, she took very, very good care of him. I do not think she did this to him.
John Gruber August 01, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I've known them for almost 20 years, I sure hope she didn't but the evidence seems to say otherwise
Robert Gardner August 01, 2012 at 03:34 PM
She would rather have hurt herself than ever hurt Gabe. I think she knows what happened, but I dont think she did it. Her delyed reaction must have been shock.
joanne ostarch August 01, 2012 at 04:10 PM
she was very close to him and its hard to believe she would do somethin like that to her only son.when she was on Long Island and the kids were in school we were pretty close. i wish i could of been there for her. they both didnt derserve this
John Gruber August 01, 2012 at 06:48 PM
The evidence is overwhelmingly against her, bruises, not calling 911 etc
Robert Gardner August 01, 2012 at 07:19 PM
The bruises could have been from her struggling with whoever did this, and not calling 911, I dont know, I just cant believe she could have done this. There is more to this story.
John Gruber August 02, 2012 at 03:04 AM
well apparently they found what was used so we'll see. I just can't imagine she wouldn't call 911 if she didn't do it. hopefully I'm wrong
P. J. Miller August 03, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Google GABE PHILBY and new articles from the town that this crime was commited is online with alot more information than stated in Newsday.
Sharon Molloy August 07, 2012 at 11:22 PM
To Robert Gardner: I was Tracy's employer upstate right before this tragedy happened. My husband and I are shocked beyond belief. She brought Gabe with her to work every day and was a very caring Mom as far as we could see. We can't believe we could not see any signs. I don't know you or your relationship with them, but I agree with you, they were so close and there has to be more to this story. God Bless Gabe, we still see him here under the tree petting our dog who really liked him too.
P. J. Miller August 08, 2012 at 01:52 AM
There is nothing more to this story. How much clearer does it have to be? She just lost it - and killed him, and then didn't know what to do. If it was someone else that did it she would have called 911 and not waited 5 days. She also threw the knives and hammer away as well as the bloody sheets. I am sure by now they have the fingerprints. Evidence does not lie. She just couldn't figure out how to get rid of the body. If she could, this story would be going into a different direction. There were obviously signs, but sometimes people are so good at hiding their feelings. The rage she must have felt when she killed him was something that most people never experience. I pray she gets the help she needs in prison so she can come to terms with what she did as I am sure she realizes it. I am also sure that Gabe is wondering how could my mother do this and may not rest until he gets answers.
Zetzsche August 08, 2012 at 05:47 PM
There will be viewing for friends and family to honor Gabe Philby-Zetzsche's life on Thursday, August 9th at the Shalom Memorial Chapel on 760 Smithtowne Bypass in Smithtowne from 3pm to 6pm. A farewell service will be held on Friday, August 10th at the Northshore Baptist Church on 25 West Main Street in Kingspark at 11 am. A private family burial will follow. Flowers can be sent to the Northshore Baptist Church. The Zetzsche family would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time.
Robert Gardner August 09, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Does anyone know any more info RE: how the case is proceding, or any other info? living on L.I., i dont know how much further info will be available to us. I would really like to hear a statement from Tracy when she opens up to what actually took place.
P. J. Miller August 09, 2012 at 09:54 PM
She was arrainged. Next step is a hearing for a trial date which probably will be next year. I don't think we will hear from her or her statement until trial, and, honestly, the evidence speaks for itselt, so does the evidence at the crime scene and if they found fingerprints. Honestly, I know you don't want to believe it, but she did kill him and that is why she is not talking. She is not cooperating. If she knew anything different don't you think by now we would have heard that. Her laywer probably told her to keep quiet. She will be evaluated by a psychiatrist - and may use mental breakdown as a defense. Either way she is going away 25 years to life. Plan on it.
Robert Gardner August 10, 2012 at 01:49 PM
HI P.J., do you live up that way?
P. J. Miller August 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
No. I live on Long Island.
Alia Atreides August 14, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Very sad.. however it would seem that the mother wouldn't be arrested without fairly strong evidence.
Alia Atreides August 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Hiding things certainly does point to culpability.
Jeffssis August 21, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Why in the world would a mother who's son has been killed NOT SAY WHAT SHE KNOWS!!!!!!!!!! What you said makes no sense.
P. J. Miller August 21, 2012 at 09:50 PM
In one of the articles I read from a newspaper in that area - it said that she said something to the sheriff that incriminated her and by that statement alone he knew she did it. They didn't say what she said to him but it had to be pretty powerful if he said it. No doubt she was under stress from not having money to pay her rent, but to stab someone 20 times and bludgeon them with a hammer 10 times? That is rage.


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