Police have named the British tourist who was fatally stabbed in a Long Island home, and the woman's grieving loved ones are remembering her as a kind soul who, just months after surviving a bout with breast cancer, had traveled to New York to watch singer Adam Lambert perform live.
Denise Webster, 61, of Wigan in northern England, was brutally and suddenly slain on August 14 in a tragedy sparked by her alleged killer's decree that she was "evil," according to WPIX in New York City.
Mutual acquaintance Faye Doomchin, 66, stands accused of Webster's murder.
The women were enjoying coffee and cake with a third friend, who had just introduced the two earlier that day, when Doomchin suddenly grew aggressive toward Webster, police said, and declared she had to "rid the house of evil."
She grabbed a knife from a butcher’s block and plunged it into Webster's chest, according to authorities.
Webster's husband told The Sun that she had overcome breast cancer just five months before, and the couple was going to celebrate a 41-year anniversary together.
“Denise was a fighter and got on with life as best she could,” Tommy Webster told the tabloid. “She was determined to carry on, despite everything that happened, and wanted to live life to the full.”
She was a huge Adam Lambert fan, and traveled to the States to see him, according to WPIX. Lambert expressed his condolences in a tweet on Tuesday.
“My thoughts are with the family and friends of Denise Webster. Heavy hearted,” the rocker wrote.
Nassau County Police Det. Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick told The Sun that Doomchin had a previous stabbing incident with a woman.
The Great Neck woman "does have a history of assaulting someone with a knife back in 1999, so she’s going to be evaluated to see what her motivation might be," Fitzpatrick said.
Doomchin stabbed a woman twice in a real estate office, he said. The woman survived, and Doomchin pleaded not guilty due to mental difficulties. She was ordered to attend outpatient treatment.
Husband Tommy Webster said he's devastated.
“We were very close. She was like my right arm, I really depended on her. I used to have bad depression and she really looked after me," he told The Sun. “I don’t know how I’ll be able to carry on without her.”
During her first court appearance, Doomchin pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, The Sun reported.
[Photo: Nassau County Police]
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