Vindalee Smith, a pregnant Jamaican-American mother of four, was found stabbed to death in her New York city apartment on the day before her wedding.
Authorities say that Smith, 38, was eight months pregnant when she was died from slash and stab wounds to the neck. Her unborn child did not survive.
Smith was found on the floor of her home in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn on Oct. 20 . Neighbors said she had moved into the area in recent weeks. Her other children are older and did not live with her.
Police said there was no sign of forced entry, and no weapon was recovered. Investigators were looking for a possible suspect and spoke to Smith’s fiance as well as friends and family.
Smith had once feuded with a former neighbor who threatened to kill her, but it was months ago and the trouble had stopped when she moved to the new apartment, the Rev. Ferron Francis told the New York Daily News.
Smith was a devout Seventh-day Adventist and attended New Dimension Church, about half a block from her residence.
The brutal, unexpected death “is tragic, it has broken our hearts,” Francis said.
Smith had joined the church about three years ago, said Andrew Connor, a deacon at New Dimension.
“She was dedicated to her family,” he said. “She was beautiful and this is very surreal.”
Meanwhile, A note found under the pregnant mother who was fatally stabbed the day before her wedding demanded the release of the “D.C. Sniper” — and included threats to kill more pregnant women if the serial killer wasn’t set free, according to a published report.
Police discovered the one-page note in the East 94th Street apartment where they found Vindalee Smith, 38, in a pool of blood Saturday morning, the New York Post reported.
The note’s author threatened to kill one pregnant woman a week unless authorities released Lee Boyd Malvo, who along with another man killed 10 people around Washington D.C. during a three-week period in October 2002, the Post reported.
But investigators told the newspaper there’s no apparent connection between Smith or Malvo, and that the note may be a ruse by her killer to distract them.
The NYPD could not immediately confirm the existence of the note.
Police believe Smith knew her killer because there were no signs of forced entry at her apartment, the paper reported. Police spent Sunday questioning Smith’s fiancé, Anthony Jackman, who sources said is still married, according to the Post.
Malvo, 27, is serving a life sentence for killing six with his mentor John A. Muhammed. The two killed a total of 10 people in a three-week sniper spree.