A Brooklyn woman with eight months old pregnancy and due to be married over the weekend was found stabbed to death inside her home on Saturday morning, the police said.
The police found the victim, whom they identified as Vindalee Smith, 38, at about 9:30 a.m. lying on the floor of her house on East 94th Street in Brownsville. The child that she was carrying also died, the police said.
According to authorities, detectives were trying to find Ms. Smith’s fiancé for questioning, but gave no further information about a possible suspect or motive.
Friends and members of Ms. Smith’s church held a tearful vigil outside her house in Brooklyn all day on Saturday with prayers and hymns.
Friends of the deceased said Ms. Smith was an active member of the New Dimension Seventh-day Adventist Church on Winthrop Street. She had four children, including two who were in college, friends said.
“When she met people on the street, she always told them about the Lord,” Edith Thomas, a church member said.
Although Ms. Smith’s wedding was scheduled for Sunday, few knew much about the wedding or the groom. Mitzie Holstein, who said she was a friend, said that Ms. Smith met her fiancé, who she identified only as Anthony, a year ago. She said that he seemed quiet and possibly worked in construction.
Medical examiners brought Ms. Smith’s body out of her house around 6:30 p.m. while about 100 people gathered outside her house began singing “Amazing Grace.”