Services today for Portsmouth murder victim


PORTSMOUTH — Family and friends will remember Terry L. Chiodo at a funeral service today (Sunday, March 3) in Newport.

Ms. Chiodo, a 46-year-old Portsmouth resident, was stabbed to death the morning of Feb. 27 shortly after boarding a Route 60 RIPTA bus on its way to Newport. The suspect is her late husband, Christopher R. James, 46, with a last known address of 207 Rhodes St., Providence. James, who has a lengthy rap sheet, was arraigned for murder that same day and held without bail.

Calling hours for Ms. Chiodo will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in CrossPoint Church in Newport, with a service to follow at 4:30 p.m. Her burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CrossPoint Church, 14 Rhode Island Ave., Newport, RI 02840.

An obituary for Ms. Chiodo stated she was a spiritual person who attended CrossPoint and was a hard worker at Subway, where she worked. Her family came first, however. She is survived by two children, Corey Chiodo of Newport and Tricia Horvath of Middletown, several grandchildren, two sisters and a nephew.

At least one of Ms. Chiodo's children — Corey — attended Portsmouth High School.

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At about 6:15 a.m. Feb. 27, Portsmouth police were called to the area of West Main Road near Willow Lane for a report of a stabbing on a RIPTA bus. Immediately after Ms. Chiodo was stabbed, police say, two male passengers brought James to the ground and detained him until police arrived. Ms. Chiodo was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

It was the first murder in Portsmouth since 2002, when the manager of the Founder’s Brook Motel and Suites was killed in a murder-for-hire plot. The Women’s Resource Center and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence both said the incident marked the state's first domestic violence-linked killing this year.

One published report stated that before divorcing last year, the couple had lived at 22-A Child St., Portsmouth. Two people who answered the door there last week, however, said Ms. Chiodo hadn't lived there in over four years.


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