7-Year-Old Daughter of NBCUniversal Exec Killed, Father Neil White Arrested for Her Death

Neil White, 47, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder for the death of seven-year-old daughter Gabrielle. The unfortunate event comes two months after his wife, NBCUniversal talent acquisition vice president, Michelle Hord-White, filed for divorce from White. The body of the estranged couple’s young daughter was found lifeless in her bed inside the family’s New Rochelle, NY home.

The details surrounding how her death occurred have not been confirmed, but it is speculated that White suffocated his daughter and that asphyxiation was Gabrielle’s cause of death. A lot will be up in the air until an exact cause of death is ruled by the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s office. Unfortunately, that leaves a lot of pieces of the puzzle of her murder left incomplete and makes peace hard to find for those involved, including Gabrielle’s mother, Hord-White.

Hord-White issued this official statement on Wednesday (June 7):

“No words could sum up all that Gabrielle meant to us but she was our light. We are broken and devastated that our sweet little girl is gone but we’re thankful that we had seven wonderful years with her. While we begin to mourn privately, we thank those friends, colleagues, neighbors and strangers for the tremendous support that we’ve already received. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request donations be made online at the hordfoundation.org, P.O. Box 4671 Danbury, CT 06813.”

Hord-White and White had been living separately since their divorce filing this past April and shared joint custody of Gabrielle. White killed their daughter a day before he was supposed to forfeit the family home.

Another person visibly shaken by the tragic events that transpired is the babysitter, Tonette Mahon, who found White and Gabrielle and ultimately made the 911 call to the police. At around 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday (June 6), Mahon came to the family home after receiving a series of alarming text messages from White.

New Rochelle Police Captain Robert Gazzola stated, “She saw Mr. White had cuts to his wrist, saw some blood and then she checked on the girl and saw she wasn’t moving and called us.”

There are currently no known motives as to what incited White’s attack on his young child. The investigation is still underway.

Gabrielle was described as a “light,” quiet, and friendly. She was a second grader at Ward School and enjoyed activities like soccer, reading, and participating in Girl Scouts. She will be missed.

Rest in power, angel.

Photo Credit: Screenshot/CBS New York

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