A pregnant Minnesota woman was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband on Saturday. He’ll now more than likely face two counts of first-degree murder after his unborn son died because of the attack.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Yevgeniy “Eugene” Savenok, 30, allegedly stabbed his wife, Lyuba Savenok, 23, on Saturday morning in their Eden Prairie home. According to court documents from the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, Lyuba was “noticeably pregnant” when to attack occurred. Physicians performed an emergency caesarean section after Lyuba passed away, but the baby boy only survived a few minutes.
Mike Freeman, an attorney for Hennepin County, stated that Eugene Savenok walked into his home late Saturday morning, grabbed the couple’s two oldest children and put them both in his SUV. He then walked back into the home and began repeatedly stabbing his wife while her sister, a minor, watched in horror, unable to stop it. Lyuba Savenok’s sister told authorities she saw Eugene Savenok place his wife in a headlock, pull her to the floor, and slit her throat.
The sister immediately ran outside and called 911, but Eugene Savenok drove away before police arrived. When the Eden Prairie Police Department showed up, they noted Lyuba Savenok’s sister screaming frantically in the front yard. Authorities found Lyuba inside the home, lying on the kitchen floor, bleeding profusely from the stab wounds.
At around 1 p.m., Eugene Savenok arrived with his children at the United Hospital in St. Paul and turned himself in. He was immediately arrested after he told a hospital security guard that he just stabbed his wife. Freeman said the following.
“He stabs her so many times. He stabs her in the chest and the stomach, knowing she was carrying his baby. It passes all understanding how one person can do that to another, especially his own progeny.”
This isn’t the first time Eugene Savenok, a former wrestler, has been violent towards his wife. Per court records, Luba Savenok was granted a temporary restraining order against her husband in 2014. Last August, he was arrested for domestic assault. He was scheduled to go on trial for the incident next week, but told authorities that he wanted custody of his children, and saw the stabbing as “probably like my only way out.”
Neighbors indicated that the couple would mostly keep to themselves, although family members would often visit the home. One neighbor, Johnnie Nguyen, who saw Lyuba Savenok’s sister in the yard after the stabbing remembered how cold it was, yet the teenager was outside with no shoes on, screaming for help.
“I saw a teen run out of her house with no shoes on, and it’s cold. She just say ‘My brother in law is trying to kill me,’ and she said ‘Help my sister, she’s pregnant.’ When she’s standing here with me, he’s just walking right out, very normal. He backing out very slowly, not in a rush.”
A GoFundMe account is currently set up to help the family with expenses for the children and to help provide Lyuba Savenok a proper burial. Her funeral is scheduled to take place on Saturday at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, at 10 a.m. Lyuba’s brother, Aleksandr Katane, said the following.
“We are thankful to have had so many people reach out and ask how they can help. We wish to honor Lyuba and her son and bury them in a beautiful place where they may be visited by friends and family. Lyuba’s greatest passion in life was to enrich her children’s lives.”
Meanwhile, Eugene Savenok remains behind bars at the Hennepin County jail on two counts of suspicion or murder. He’s expected to appear in court on Wednesday to face formal charges.
[Photo by Hennepin County Jail]