Do y’all remember the story of a Baltimore woman who was allegedly killed when she tried to help a homeless woman with a baby? Well, the tragic story of the passing of #JacquelynSmith just took a sinister turn.
Authorities are now saying that her husband and stepdaughter are responsible for her death, despite their claims that she was fatally stabbed by a panhandler back in December.
#KeithSmith, 52, and his 28-year-old daughter Valerie Smith were arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree murder, according to @nbcnews.
As far as a motive, authorities are saying “that’s for a trial” but they made it clear that it was “not a panhandler,” who killed her.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said in a statement that it was a “double tragedy” to learn that family members were accused of staging Jacquelyn’s killing.
Jacquelyn’s slaying was reported on Dec. 1 Relatives told authorities that Jacquelyn, an electrical engineer from Harford County, was stabbed to death after she tried to give money to a young woman with an infant and a cardboard sign that read, “Please help me feed my baby.”
A man then allegedly approached the car and tried to take her wallet, stabbing her in a struggle, the relatives said.
Her 19-year-old son told the Associated Press that Jacquelyn’s husband and step-daughter were with her in the car at the time of the alleged attack.
Her husband took things a step further by saying he was going to push for a law that would address the “panhandler epidemic” in Baltimore in light of his wife’s death.
Police say they feel Keith and Valerie Smith took advantage of “a city already dealing with its own problems.”
Our prayers go out to Jacquelyn’s family during this difficult time and we will keep you updated on this story, Roommates.
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