New York – Vindalee Smith was found dead in the basement of her apartment the day before her Sunday wedding, police say. The bride-to-be was stabbed to death, though police have not confirmed when she was killed. It was not clear how long she had been dead when she was found on Saturday.
The mother of four, who was eight months pregnant, was found in the basement of her Brooklyn apartment with a gaping wound in her neck. Her baby boy did not survive the attack. Investigators say that there was no sign of forced entry and no weapon recovered. The have spoken with family and friends and are looking to speak with the groom, although he is been named a suspect.
“I can’t even begin to imagine who would want to do that,” Smith’s friend, Sybil Samuel, confided. “It would be the devil, to kill a woman with a child in her stomach. They killed two people.”
Smith’s four other children were staying with friends for the wedding weekend, and were no harmed. A baby shower for Smith had been planned for Saturday evening, followed by “a small wedding” Sunday, reports NBC News.
The victim worked for a home health care agency. Her wedding was to be held at New Dimension Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where she regularly attended. Tyler Harrigan, fellow church goer, notes, “She was always on time – always the first person at church.” Her absence at Sunday’s service prompted concern from her congregation.
“When the news [of her death] came to the church,” Harrigan added, “the whole church broke down. We started to bawl. All the children were crying.”