Columbia murder victim moved from New York to work at Maryland Live

A woman found dead inside a car parked in a Columbia neighborhood last Saturday recently moved to the area from upstate New York to work at Maryland Live Casino, Howard County Police said.

Deborah Castellano, 47, who's from Herkimer County, N.Y., was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4 outside her home in the 9600 block of Basket Ring Road, which borders the rear of Talbott Springs Elementary School.

Within a mile radius of the crime scene are the Oakland Mills Villager Center, Blandair Park, Oakland Mills High School and Oakland Mills Middle School. 

Police found Castellano inside her Toyota Corolla after a person reported seeing her injured in the car.

According to police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn, officers went to the village center about 4:20 a.m. after receiving a report of gun shots. Police made checks in the area, but did not find the victim at that time, Llewellyn said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Llewellyn said police had no suspects in custody and that detectives are "investigating possible suspects and motives."

According to an obituary posted on, Castellano previously worked as a gaming supervisor in a New York Casino before becoming a gaming supevisor at Maryland Live. 

The obituary says Castellano was the mother of two. 

Anyone with information about the Columbia shooting is asked to call police at 410-313-STOP. Callers may remain anonymous. Police are offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information.

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