A pregnant Brooklyn woman was found stabbed to death in her apartment one day before her wedding — and cops were grilling her groom-to-be. Vindalee Smith, 38, just two weeks away from giving birth, was discovered Saturday on the floor of her blood-spattered East Flatbush home with a gaping knife wound to her neck, sources said.
There was no sign of forced entry, and no weapon was recovered, police said. Investigators are looking for a possible suspect. They interviewed her friends and family, and spoke to her fiance.
“I can’t even begin to imagine who would want to do that,” her friend, Sybil Samuel, told local newspapers. “It would be the devil, to kill a woman with a child in her stomach. They killed two people.”
Smith had four children in their teens and 20s, friends said. A baby shower had been planned for Saturday evening, followed by a small wedding Sunday. Friends told reporters that Smith had met her fiance about a year ago.
Smith was a devout Seventh-Day Adventist and attended New Dimension Church, where she was supposed to get married. Congregation members were concerned when she didn’t show up for morning service.
“She was always on time_ always the first person at church,” Tyler Harrigan told the Daily News of New York. “When the news came to the church, the whole church broke down. We started to bawl. All the children were crying.”
The grisly murder was discovered by Smith’s worried landlord on what should have been the happiest of weekends — with plans for a baby shower followed by a small wedding at a storefront church.
One of Smith’s friends was going to host the Saturday night shower at an Eastern Parkway apartment, friends said.
“She was very faithful and strong,” Samuel said. “We were looking forward to that baby.”
The next morning, Smith was supposed to exchange vows with her beau at New Dimension Seventh-Day Church on Winthrop St.
Rev. Ferron Francis said Smith didn’t seem overly excited about her upcoming nuptials. “It seemed more like she saw it as an accomplishment,” said Francis, who had never met her fiancé.
The Rev also told the Daily News that Smith had once feuded with a former neighbor who threatened to kill her, but it was months ago and the trouble had stopped when she moved to the new apartment.