March, 17 2018
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More Grief For Troubled Son
The troubled son of the Russian immigrants who died in the Madison Avenue murder-suicide dropped out of school and was shipped off to a military academy in Virginia last year, his mother's building superintendent said.
"He smoked, drank and hung out with a bad crowd," said Kemal Makak about 17-year-old Nikolai Ivanov. "He dropped out of [high] school and they sent him to military school."
Ivanov's father, Vadim, killed Nikolai's mother, Inessa, at 58th Street and Madison Avenue on Friday night. The ex-husband then shot her fiancé before turning the gun on himself.
Nikolai left the Midwood, Brooklyn, apartment he shared with his mother last September to attend the Fork Union Military Academy about 20 miles southeast of Charlottesville, Va.
Makak said the teen never liked his mother's fiancé, John Turco, and felt that the feeling was reciprocated.
"[Turco] doesn't want me there," Nikolai said, according to Makak. "He doesn't like me. I hate him."
The super at the East 22nd Street building said Nikolai would often complain about Turco, 56, who was in critical condition after being shot in the face.
Nikolai's problems at home forced him to head to the military academy.
"You could see in his face that he wasn't happy," Makak told The Post, adding the teen said the school "might be good for me."
Nikolai is now staying at a faculty member's house off-campus since hearing about his parents' deaths, according to school president General John Jackson.
Police sources said Nikolai will stay there until his aunt arrives in New York this week. Then he is expected to come home to HELP at the funeral for his parents.
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