A comedic fundraiser held Tuesday evening at Behind Bars Comedy Club in Wantagh seems to fly in the face of the grim tragedy it was inspired by, but the community who turned out to support the families of the Gilgo beach serial killer victims seemed to agree that laughter was the best medicine.
Over the course of the past year, the remains of 10 victims have been discovered along Ocean Parkway from Oak Beach to the water tower in Jones Beach.
Tuesday night's fundraiser was conceived by Behind Bars Comedy Club manager Heather Trentacosta to help with travel expenses incurred by the families of the murder victims, many of whom live out of state.
Among those present at the event was Mari Gilbert, whose daughter Shannan has been missing since May of 2010. It was a search for the 24-year-old New Jersey woman, last seen in Oak Beach, that led to the first discovery of human remains.
Police found remains earlier this week they believe are Gilbert's and do not believe her disappearance is tied to the 10 victims of a lone male Long Island serial killer.
Police are awaiting confirmation from the county medical examiner and are working with the theory that Gilbert died accidentally, possibly by drowning.