Doug Solomon — the 26-year-old Manhattanite who, police say, bashed his mom to demise with a lamp on Tuesday earlier. Then leaping out a window to his personal demise is remembered as being withdrawn and at free ends.
“He displayed plenty of indicators of despair,” a former classmate from the elite Poly Prep Nation Day. College in Brooklyn instructed The Publish. “He was not going out to golf equipment or doing a lot of something. He was anti-social. I didn’t attain out to Doug however, after speaking to some folks from our Poly Prep good friend group. You don’t wish to ask what’s occurring to an individual who has nothing occurring.”
Police sources described the son of retired New York justice Charles Solomon as “rudderless.” A background verify on Doug, who nonetheless lived at residence together with his dad and mom. Almost eight years after dropping out of Rhodes School throughout his 2014-2015 freshman yr, exhibits no historical past of employment.
Doug performed on the Poly Prep lacrosse staff, and the classmate remembers him as being an “off model. Doug can be on the pink prime [school basketball court] taking pictures of baskets within the fashion of various NBA gamers. He amused folks. In lacrosse, he was an artful expert. He had the entire look: the loopy circulate, the lettuce [slang for long hair] at the back of his helmet. Doug flowed just like the Mississippi. He had swagger on the sphere. That was his consolation zone. He was a naturally proficient athlete however he didn’t push himself to the diploma that he might have. He lacked drive.”
This was particularly uncommon at Poly. A pricy Bay Ridge academy (Twelfth-grade tuition for 2022/2023 runs $57,870) loaded with overachievers who. In keeping with one staffer, usually go on to attend prime universities.
However, was nonetheless a continual underachiever. “He was essentially the most unmotivated,” the staffer mentioned, explaining that, at 6’ 1” and 175 kilos. The teenager had all of the pure attributes for superstardom in the sphere. “He was an enormous child and a lefty — which is normally a good mixture for scoring. However, he simply didn’t work arduous regardless that it seemed like he had expertise. It was disappointing.”
He additionally described Solomon as an introvert to the purpose of the place “it was bizarre.” If questioned a few plays, “he wouldn’t even reply.”
In line with regulation enforcement sources, Doug — who was bare when he apparently jumped from the household’s luxurious sixteenth. Ground residence on East 79th Avenue. In constructing the place a three-bedroom unit lately hit the marketplace for $2,450,000.
Maybe most surprising for individuals who knew Doug is that he would homicide his mom. 65-year-old Diane Gallagher taught dance at PS 190 in East New York, Brooklyn. And directed the high school musical on the Higher East Aspect’s PS 183.
By all indications, a minimum of throughout his high school years. they acquired alongside properly. “We might hang around on the residence on East 79th Avenue. Doug was superior again then. His dad and mom have been cool to be around. His mother was uplifting,” the previous classmate recalled. “She’d ask questions about your life and all the time supply meals and drinks. And be very attentive and very nice to us, all the time smiling. It was a terrific scenario there. They have been a terrific household. It’s arduous to think about the place [the brutal murder of his mother] would come from. It doesn’t appear actual. It actually doesn’t.”
I keep in mind her having an adoring relationship with her son. A good friend of Diane’s instructed The Publish. “She was so happy with him graduating and moving into school. She spoke about him effusively and appeared to adore him.”
However, issues didn’t go as deliberate at Rhodes and life started to slip downhill for Doug. If he was stoked to play on the lacrosse staff. You’d by no means realize it. The coach there doesn’t keep in mind him displaying up for preliminary practices.
“He was a part of a fraternity at school,” remembered the previous classmate. “It seemed like he was partying and what not.”
Certainly, a 2014 picture on Fb exhibits Doug with a cigarette or joint dangling out of his mouth. And a haze of smoke at the entrance of his face.
He dropped out of school earlier than finishing his freshman yr. Moved again residence, and, apparently, by no means fairly acquired it collectively. He noticed a therapist for some time after leaving school.
“Doug might have had psychological blocks in his head that slowed him down. Perhaps he had a studying incapacity,” mentioned the previous classmate. “I can inform you that he lacked confidence and didn’t wish to be studious. The school was not proper for him.”
His sister, Leah Solomon, 28, graduated from the College of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s diploma in economics. She works as an acquisitions affiliate for a funding agency and lives within the Kips Bay neighborhood.
In the meantime, in keeping with police sources, Doug deteriorated right into a rage-fueled layabout. Who spent his time smoking pot and consuming alcohol. Father Charles instructed authorities that there had been no historical past of home points. To have had discussions the night time earlier about what to do with their son.
Because the good friend instructed The Publish, the final time she bumped into Diane. Simply three months in the past, “She had an enormous smile on her face. She appeared identical all the time … She appeared to have an idyllic life. Nobody is aware of what goes on between the partitions of [another family’s] residence. However, she by no means appeared lower than beautiful.”
Nonetheless, on the morning of the obvious murder-suicide. A resident who lives a couple of flooring under the Solomons reportedly heard shouting.
“One thing snapped inside Doug,” believes the previous classmate. “It should have been a 30-second lapse of judgment and his life modified.