Authorities were searching Saturday for a suspect who stabbed the neck of a pregnant Brooklyn woman, a day before the devout churchgoer was supposed to be married.
Vindalee Smith, 38, seen above, was found lying on the ground in her building on East 94th Street in East Flatbush shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday, according to police.
Officials say Smith's body was found by her landlord.
Smith, who was eight months pregnant, had stab wounds to her neck. Her unborn baby did not survive the attack.
No weapon was found on the scene, and there was no signed of forced entry into the home. Friends say Smith's baby shower was planned for Saturday and her wedding was set for today.
Smith was a member of the New Dimension Seventh-Day Adventist Church near her home.
Fellow parishioners gathered outside Smith's building, singing in her honor.
"When I drove up to church this morning for services, I was told one of our beloved church members was brutally killed," said Ferron Fitzroy Francis, a pastor at New Dimension Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
The sight of so many investigators combing for evidence shocked Smith's neighbors.
"They told me someone died. When I come outside, I saw the ambulance and police and that's all I know," said neighbor Sharmali Andrew "I was scared because that never happened before."
"I was surprised when I came to work this morning and I saw mad cops on the block and stuff like that," said neighbor Carol Richard. "I never saw stuff like that around here."
Friends say Smith was a devout church member who did not deserve this fate.
"The last time I saw her was at Wednesday night meeting. She never missed Wednesday night prayer meetings," said church member Redell Creary. "She was faithful to Wednesday night prayer meetings, she never missed one."
Francis said Smith would come to church with her four children, and her fiance was going to join the congregation soon.
"I heard he was a good guy, I heard he was a committed partner," said Francis. "I also heard that he was interested in becoming a member of our church. As a matter of fact, she mentioned to me several months ago that he was interested in becoming a full-fledged member via baptism of our church. It didn't just materialize."
Smith is survived by two daughters in their 20s and two teenage boys.