A San Francisco woman who was fatally stabbed earlier this month identified her alleged killer to police moments before dying, prosecutors said.
As she took her final breaths, Latanette McDaniel, 35, who was stabbed shortly before midnight on Dec. 14, told investigators that a woman named Vernisha Mandigo killed her, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
“Vernisha did it,” McDaniel reportedly told police.
The alleged lethal slashing took place on the 1400 block of Kansas Avenue, the San Francisco Examiner reported. Police arrested Mandigo about 30 minutes later, approximately four blocks away, according to the East Bay Times.
Around 12:30 a.m., McDaniel, a mother of seven, was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital. Her lung had been punctured, the Chronicle reported. She repeatedly told police officers, “I’m going to die” and “I’m dying." Police said McDaniel banged on the window of a bus as she fled her assailant, SFGate reported.
Mandigo, 25, eventually confessed to stabbing McDaniel, according to authorities, who said they also found two pairs of scissors in her possession. One pair was reportedly broken. Police didn’t specify if the scissors were used in McDaniel’s killing or the nature of the two women’s relationship, but noted they knew each other, according to the Chronicle. However, investigators also said that McDaniel had no known address or residence.
The incident — and McDaniel’s final words allegedly identifying Mandigo — were also supposedly captured by police body cameras.
McDaniel’s killing was the 38th murder in San Francisco this year, the Examiner reported.
Mandigo is being held without bond, according to SFGate.
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