Relatives of a 100-year-old victim of a home invasion which killed her husband on Wednesday, say she has already forgiven his killers. Her husband of 30 years, 91-year-old husband Waldiman Thompson, died after four suspects broke allegedly into the couple’s brownstone, WPIX.
According to the New York Daily News, both were tied up. Waldiman was found unconscious with a blanket wrapped around his head and a pillow pressed into his face, police sources revealed. He died of a cardiac arrest, NY1 reports. Thompson managed to free herself. The thieves stole about $5,000 worth of property.
“She said that she forgives the people that did this,” Thompson’s great niece, Dorene Hunter said. “I kissed her hand. I told her I love her. I didn’t talk about the situation.”
A nephew of the elderly couple, was considered a person of interest, a police source told the New York Daily News. That relative was at the home just 30 minutes before the home invasion. He was later reportedly cleared. Some believe that the break-in was caused by someone the is familiar with.
“At the very least, it’s somebody they know really well,” one source said.
There were no signs of forced entry according to police.
“They knew where to look,” a police source said. “There is no other reason why these two got picked by these thieves.”
The couple was and is very loved in the neighborhood. They were known for sitting outside along with their five pet parakeets.
“They were the nicest couple,” Neighbor Kevin Tinsley said. “All they had was each other.”
Other neighbors have been hinting at vigilante justice.
“The guys in the neighborhood, they’re saying they don’t want a reward,” Carol Matthews told the New York Daily News. “(The cops) better find out before these guys do.”
A relative credits Thompson’s faith for the quick forgiveness of her husband’s killers.
“She said she forgives them, but we want justice,” they said.
[Photo: NBC New York]