A masked attacker fatally stabbed a pair as they returned to their Brooklyn residence Wednesday, police sources mentioned.
Stephenson Bonaparte, 65, and Hazel Brown, 59, had been strolling on Winthrop St. close to Rogers Ave. in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens when a person in a ski masks approached them about 6:40 p.m., cops mentioned.
He knifed them each within the neck and ran off.
The pair was coming residence a day of labor at their retailer, King Soloman Spiritual on Rutland Highway after they had been attacked.
Police arrived and located Bonaparte bleeding to dying on the road exterior his three-story residence. Brown was lifeless inside, cops mentioned.
Their daughter and granddaughter ran from the home, previous the carnage, police mentioned. Medics rushed Bonaparte to Kings County Hospital, the place he died simply after 7 p.m., authorities mentioned.
Cops are trying into the chance that the bloodshed was the results of a theft gone fallacious.
“That they had a retailer, a small enterprise. Somebody will need to have been monitoring them,” mentioned next-door neighbor Berlium Stuart, 39. “They went to work and so they got here residence. It’s actually unhappy. They had been actually good individuals.”
Bonaparte and Brown had two grown daughters, Stuart mentioned.
“They had been at all times lively on the block. They at all times gave cash to the block affiliation. Ms. Brown at all times mentioned hello to everyone,” he mentioned.
One other neighbor Carolyn Jenkins, 71, mentioned she was headed to her mailbox when she noticed Bonaparte on the bottom in his yard, not transferring.
“The one that discovered him was taking his pulse. I mentioned, ‘You’d higher name an ambulance. He wants assist,’” she recalled.
Jenkins mentioned groceries had been strewn across the property.
“A member of the family got here, and he was distraught. He needed to go inside. He needed to know what was happening,” she defined. “I’ve by no means seen something like this. I’m in shock.”