A pregnant real estate agent, who was dragged from her apartment in the New York City borough of Queens and fatally stabbed in the building’s vestibule, spent her last few moments pleading for the life of her unborn child.
“He’s got a knife! He’s going to kill the baby!” the 35-year-old woman screamed as she was being dragged down the apartment building stairs around 1 a.m. on Sunday, witness Maurice Roman Zereoue later told the New York Post.
Despite her pleas, the attacker seemed to target Jennifer Irigoyen’s stomach, witnesses said.
“The first time, he stabbed her in the stomach,” the building’s super Lisa Ramos told the Post after viewing surveillance video of the attack.
The attacker also stabbed her in the neck and torso before fleeing the scene, leaving behind a trail of bloody footprints, WLNY reports.
Zereoue told the Post he saw a man dragging the woman down the stairs from her third-floor apartment, as Irigoyen allegedly tried to hang onto the hallway wall.
The neighbor tried to run down to help her, but said she was already gasping for air when he found her in the building’s vestibule.
“She was at the bottom of the stairs bleeding out,” he said. “She had a little dog with her, a pug I think. Its feet were soaked in blood.”
He said she indicated she had known her attacker, but was unable to provide any additional details due to her severe injuries.
Police are investigating the incident as a possible domestic attack and were zeroing in on a suspect Sunday, WLNY reports. The suspect had been wearing a hoodie that covered his head at the time of the attack, witnesses said.
“I’m still shocked,” Ramos told the news channel. “She was a sweetheart, sweetheart. Really, really nice girl.”
The real estate agent, who also worked as a professional Latin ballroom dancer and taught Zumba classes, was said to be about five months pregnant at the time of the attack.
Irigoyen was later produced dead at Wyckoff Hospital. Her unborn baby also did not survive, WABC-TV reports.
She was also reportedly the mother of an older child, who is now being cared for by relatives.
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