In the first murder case of the year in the city, a couple of Guyanese-Indian descent in Queens, New York, was found dead Jan. 1 in what police believe is a murder-suicide.
According to police in Queens, 26-year-old Stacy Singh, a mother of two small children, was found inside the couple’s home face-down with multiple stab wounds in her back, the New York Daily News reported.
Police found a knife near her body when they responded to the home at about 2 p.m. New Year’s Day, the report said.
Singh’s husband Vinny Loknath, 46, reportedly committed suicide just after 11 a.m. as his body was found hanging from a tree in Forest Park, which is roughly a mile and a half from the couple’s home.
The couple had a 5-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter.
"We are in shock and grief at this senseless murder of a young woman and mother," Sakhi for South Asian Women said in a statement.
Sakhi works with the South Asian community to end violence against women and support immigrant survivors in their paths to healing and rebuilding after abuse.
"What happened to Stacy Singh is horrific but we know that domestic violence and abuse against women is not uncommon in our community, or in the world today," the organization said in calling upon support for its advocacy. "At this time we recommit ourselves to our work in the movement for gender justice, collective liberation, and fostering communities where all people can live with opportunity and hope."
The organization said to not let Singh's death be in vain, and to educate yourself about domestic and gender-based violence.
Loknath “was very abusive to her,” alleged the dead woman’s brother-in-law, Romain Shaw, in the report. “She stayed with him no matter what because they had two kids together. She was hoping for him to change, but he never did. He’s such a coward,” he was quoted as saying in the report.
According to Shaw, Loknath was drinking heavily and using cocaine when family members gathered on New Year’s Eve at a Queens restaurant, the report said.
“He was so drunk, so very drunk,” Shaw said in the report. “He always beat her up when he went home high,” he further alleged.
The publication said that neighbors claimed the Loknath and Singh argued all the time, including one incident that resulted in Singh being transported to a hospital in an ambulance.
“The cops are always there,” the neighbor, who described Loknath as a construction worker who was often sitting on the front stoop of the house smoking cigarettes and drinking beer, said in the report. “They were always having big fights. But she still came back to him.”
Singh “was a very sweet person,” said Shaw in the report. “She was a very generous, caring person. She loved her children very much, spent every penny on them. They were her world.”
A vigil for Singh was held Jan. 15.