Funeral for Stabbing Victim Allegedly Killed by Brother

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    Funeral services will be held Monday for a NorthJersey woman who authorities say was stabbed and killed by her teenage brother. 

    Family members tell The Record that Teia Gallo's funeral will be held at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Hillsdale.

    The 20-year-old died Thursday night after her 17-year-old brother, Travis, allegedly stabbed her multiple times with a kitchen knife. Authorities say the slaying occurred as they argued in their family's home in Washington Township, an affluent suburb just northwest of upper Manhattan.

    Officials have said Travis Gallo and his sister were among 12 children in the family and another sibling was home at the time of the stabbing and called 911. Robert Gallo, a gynecologist with a practice in Hackensack, and his wife are the parents of nine biological children and three adopted children, including Travis and Teia.

    Travis Gallo appeared Friday at a closed hearing in juvenile court in Hackensack and had a not guilty plea entered by a public defender. The Bergen County Prosecutor's office will decide within the next month whether to have him tried as an adult.

    The brief court hearing was the first time Gallo had seen his son since the stabbing occurred, the newspaper reported, and Gallo said Travis seemed almost strangely composed.

    "It's the scariest thing, to see your child led into a courtroom in shackles," Gallo told the newspaper. "I'm not sure that he understands the gravity of what he's involved in, but he seems to be pretty secure in his ability to stand up and speak to the judge."