Katherine Martinez’s body was found early Sunday morning when a family friend kicked in the door to her Louisiana apartment and found a horrific scene.
The Times-Picayne said Katherine’s mother became concerned when she failed to pick her up from the airport late Saturday night and by Sunday morning her mother and the family friend went over to check on her.
According to WVUE, the pregnant 23-year-old was stabbed in the abdomen and choked to death. Sadly, her fetus did not survive the attack, Katherine was in her final trimester.
The official cause of death, according to the corners office is strangulation and WVUE said the baby died not from the stab wounds, but because Katherine did not make it.
“Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Colonel John Fortunato says the assailant may have had a key to the victim’s apartment. The dead bolt was found in the locked position when a family friend kicked the door in Sunday morning and discovered Martinez’s body,” the report went on to say.
At this point, it does not appear any suspects have been identified, but the killer may have had a key to Katherine’s apartment.
Reports say Katherine was a nursing student who was due to give birth in July.
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