An elderly patient stabbed to death at an Indiana hospital and her husband, who was later found dead at his home, are reported to be victims of a brutal double-homicide. Friday, Reuters wrote that police investigating the stabbing deaths arrested the couple’s son in connection with the grisly crimes.
Merrillville police officers, acting on an emergency dispatch, were called to Methodist Hospitals-Southlake Campus. There they met with staff members at the Indiana hospital who said a patient, Margarine Haywood, 80, was stabbed and died of her injuries.
A man in his 40s, believed to be the woman’s son, fled the scene after staff reported hearing what sounded like an argument coming from the woman’s hospital room.
Police working a security detail at the hospital arrived moments later after receiving a report of the assault on the patient, and found her suffering from multiple stab wounds. However, the suspect departed the scene before he could be apprehended.
After the fatal stabbing, investigators turned their attention to the woman’s home a short distance away in Gary. There, they forcibly entered the residence and discovered the lifeless body of a man covered in blood. He too had been fatally stabbed, and was identified as the hospital stabbing victim’s husband, James Haywood, 88.
Shortly thereafter, officers converged on a Gary home in the 3800-block of Carolina Street. There, they confronted the suspect allegedly behind the stabbing deaths of the hospital patient and her husband. He was arrested without incident. At this time, according to information sourced from Canada Journal, police have not released a motive in the murders.
After news spread of the Haywoods’ deaths, neighbors expressed shock and recalled fond memories of the couple. Neighbor Audrey Avery said this of Margaret Haywood:
“That window, curtains are closed right now, that’s usually open. And she’s usually sitting in the window, watching (and waving at you).”
Neighbor Harold West expressed his grief:
“I’m devastated, and all of my neighbors are devastated. He added that the couple was admired for reaching out to others when they were on hard times.”
Moreover, although the woman was confined to a wheelchair, she could always be seen smiling and waving from her living room window. No matter what the suspect’s motive is, many agree that the killings were senseless violence, and two beloved Indiana residents are dead.
In wake of the patient stabbed at the Indiana hospital, it underscores the challenges police face daily in trying to reduce the number of crimes on persons despite increases in technology.
The Inquisitr previously reported on author Stephen King’s controversial gun control laws Tweet after a shooting at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver last month.
One side advocates for stricter gun legislation such as comprehensive universal background checks and assault weapon bans. However, staunch supporters of the Fourth Amendment argue that “guns don’t kill people; people kill people.”
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