An upstate New York woman was stabbed to death as she was helping a friend pick up her daughter from her allegedly controlling boyfriend's grasp.
A friend of Franchelli Almonte, 36, called her on Friday to ask her if she could give her a ride to pick up her daughter, according to Syracuse.com. Almonte, who worked at a senior care center, agreed to do so after getting off work. She drove her friend to an apartment in Syracuse where her friend’s daughter was with her 17-year-old boyfriend.
As the girl’s mother tried to collect her from the home, the teen boy allegedly made threats against all three women. Then, he allegedly threw a brick through the back window of Almonte’s car, according to Syracuse.com. From there, the teen allegedly approached the driver’s side of the car and attacked Almonte. While she tried to defend herself with a stick, the teen allegedly stabbed her.
Despite being stabbed, Almonte drove away with her friend and her friend’s daughter inside the car. Just a few minutes later though, Almonte realized she was badly hurt and she began struggling to breathe. She stopped the car.
Almonte was pronounced dead at a local hospital later that night, local outlet WSYR reports.
“All she was doing was giving her friend a ride,” Amy Larrieux, a friend of Almonte told Syracuse.com.
The 17-year-old suspect has not been identified. No arrests in the case have been reported. Larrieux called the teen suspect “controlling” and “disrespectful.”
Almonte's death leaves two children behind without a mother. She had an 11-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter.
Friends described the slain mother and friend as caring and protective. Larrieux said she was selfless, and often put others before herself.
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