Friend of Proctor victim spoke with her night before death

Published: May. 19, 2019 at 8:07 PM EDT
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Vermont State Police have arrested a Pittsford man in connection with the death of Melanie Rooney.

"There was no other way to word it, she was excellent, she was a loving, caring mother," Marie Rabtoy said.

Rabtoy says she was a friend of Melanie Rooney. Police say Rooney was killed early Saturday morning.

"You don't know how to handle the news when you hear it," she said.

Rabtoy says she was texting with Rooney the night before her death.

"How are you supposed to know that you may be the last person to talk to somebody," said Rabtoy.

Vermont State Police have arrested Anthony Reynolds, 48, of Pittsford, in connection with Rooney's death.

On Sunday, Police were still at the scene on Market Street in Proctor.

Investigators say Reynolds and Rooney got into an argument in Rutland City the night before her death. Hours later, they say Reynolds hit Rooney with his vehicle at the end of her driveway at 13 Market Street in Proctor, killing her.

"It was a slow speed," said Capt. Scott Dunlap of the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit.

Reynolds faces charges including involuntary manslaughter, first-degree aggravated domestic assault and grossly negligent operation of a vehicle.

"They were boyfriend and girlfriend," Dunlap said.

Police say Reynolds was arrested about 3 miles away from the scene at his residence on Stevens Road. He will be held without bail until his arraignment on Monday in Rutland.

The news of her friend's death left Rabtoy with unanswered questions.

"Why, why would somebody do this?" she asked.