Family, Friends Say Goodbye to the Late Terry Chiodo

A funeral service was held this past Sunday for the late Terry Chiodo, who died Wednesday after being fatally stabbed on a RIPTA bus.

Family members and friends said goodbye Sunday to the late Terry Lynn “Sam” (Damms) Chiodo, the Portsmouth woman who died Wednesday, Feb. 27, after being fatally stabbed on a RIPTA bus. 

Many lined up outside the CrossPoint Church in Newport Sunday to pay their respects. A private burial was held after the service. 

Chiodo, 46, of Portsmouth died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, from injuries after she was transported by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. 

Her estranged husband, Christopher James, has been charged with first-degree murder. 

According to The Sakonnet Times, this violent act marks the first murder to take place in Portsmouth since 2002 and, according to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the first domestic-violence related killing of the year. 

Her family released a statement last week, calling Terry's killer an "animal." They also applauded the two men who grabbed the suspect before he left the bus. 

According to her obituary, Terry was a very spiritual person, and loved attending CrossPoint Church in Newport.

She was a very hard worker who enjoyed her customers at Subway, but nothing meant more to her then her grandchildren. She was a very family-orientated person who put family first because they were her world.

Terry was a "very giving and forgiving person who touched a lot of people," according to the obituary. 

Born April 27, 1966 in Ellenville, NY, she was the daughter of the late Patricia A. Porter and surviving father Richard Damms.

She is survived by her children, Corey Chiodo of Newport and Tricia Horvath of Middletown; her nephew Shawn Hernandez Sr. of Spring Valley, NY; her sisters Sherry Parks of Katy, TX, and Mary Renee Stewart of Spring Valley, NY; and the "apples of her eyes," according to her obituary, William C. Ziegler IV, Corey L. Chiodo, Jr. Noah Gould and Elijah Chiodo.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CrossPoint Church, 14 Rhode Island Avenue, Newport, RI 02840.


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