Death – Hamptons man, 53, shot dead during home invasion on Christmas Day was killed in ‘targeted event’

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Hamptons man, 53, shot dead during home invasion on Christmas Day was killed in ‘targeted event’

  • Steven Byrnes, 53, was found dead at his home on 90 Roses Grove Road in Southampton at about 8.45a.m. Saturday
  • Police made the grim discovery after a 911 call about a nearby burglary
  • Initial reports claimed the killing was random but police in the posh East End town now believe his murder was no accident
  • No immediate arrests have been made. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the shooting to contact the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 










A man who was found shot to death in his Hamptons home on Christmas Day was the target of a home invasion, police confirmed on Sunday. 

Steven Byrnes, 53, was shot dead at the single-family home at 90 Roses Grove Road in Southampton at about 8.45a.m. Saturday, after police made the grim discovery following a 911 call about a nearby burglary.  

Initial reports claimed the killing was random but police in the posh East End town now believe his murder was no accident. 

‘The investigation thus far has demonstrated that the actions here were not random, this was a targeted event,’ Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki told the  Southampton Press.

‘We have been getting calls from concerned community members about the fear of lingering.’ 

Byrnes was declared dead at the scene by the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. 

Steven Byrnes, 53, was found shot dead at his home on 90 Roses Grove Road in Southampton at about 8.45a.m. on Christmas Day.

Steven Byrnes, 53, was found shot dead at his home on 90 Roses Grove Road in Southampton at about 8.45a.m. on Christmas Day.

Initial reports claim Byrnes' death was random but police in the posh East End town of Southampton (pictured) now believe the victim was an intended target

Initial reports claim Byrnes’ death was random but police in the posh East End town of Southampton (pictured) now believe the victim was an intended target

Byrnes was apparently home alone at the time of the break-in at the home, which is estimated at roughly $900,000 according to Zillow. The property is nestled between million-dollar homes blocks from Little Peconic Bay in the North Sea neighborhood. 

On Sunday, a boat and Volvo sedan were seen parked in the driveway.

A neighbor, who asked to remain unidentified, said they had not noticed any suspicious activity leading to the shooting that took place inside the property.  

No immediate arrests have been made. In 2021, one ‘violent’ crime and 23 property crimes were reported in Southampton, where the shooting took place.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on the shooting to contact the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. 

The Hamptons are a major hotspot for celebrity real estate and the east coast’s elite class. Hollywood’s most famous personalities flock to eastern Long Island regularly during summers to live in multi-million dollar homes, including Neil Patrick Harris, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Alec Baldwin, Robert Downey Jr and Robert De Niro. 

Sales in the area rose annually at the highest rate in a decade, a report from Douglas Elliman showed. For the year 2020, the median sale price hit $1,202,500, a 40 percent increase from 2019 and the first time the year-end price broke the million-dollar threshold.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.