Double Stabbing in Fitchburg Leaves One Dead, One Charged
FITCHBURG -- A 33-year-old city woman is facing charges following a double-stabbing on Wanoosnoc Road Tuesday night that led to the death of Jennifer Narvaez-Colon, the District Attorney said.
Fitchburg police received two 911 calls from neighbors at 10:17 p.m. Tuesday, District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said at an afternoon press conference at the police department.
Officers arrived and saw Narvaez-Colon, 34, lying in the street outside 35 Wanoosnoc Road suffering from multiple stab wounds, he said.
She was surrounded by her three children, ages 13, 11 and 8, who were attempting to give their mother first aid, Early said.
“The children were out in the road with their mother rendering and assisting, rendering aid to their mother,” he said.
Narvaez-Colon was taken by ambulance to UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Leominster campus then transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where she was pronounced dead at 12:36 a.m.
Police entered 35 Wanoosnoc Road and found a second woman, Wanda Liz Gonzalez, 33, in a bedroom suffering from wounds to her head and neck.
Gonzalez was arraigned on charges of domestic assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon Wednesday at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, where she is recovering from non-life threatening injuries.
Early did not elaborate on the relationship between the two women beyond saying they lived together. Narvaez-Colon, her three children and Gonzalez shared the apartment.
He said it is too early to say whether one of the women was acting in self defense, because both were stabbed. Narvaez-Colon’s children are in custody of the Department of Children and Families, according to Early. The children will be reunited with family on Wednesday.
Police executed a search warrant of 35 Wanoosnoc Road Wednesday afternoon, according to Early.
Early declined to answer a question as to whether a 10- to 12-inch knife pictured at the scene was involved in the incident.
He said it is too early on in the “very active” investigation to say whether the charges against Gonzalez will be amended. The charges could change depending on the results of the autopsy, he said.
Police Chief Ernest Martineau said “we determined this is an isolated event and there appears to be no danger to anybody who lives in the area.”
“These crimes are never easy to handle and the men and women of this police department and...state police acted quickly and compassionately,” he said.
A 55-year-old neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said she was in bed just after 10 p.m. Tuesday when she heard screaming.
“I just heard screams, and then a few minutes later the police came,” she said.
Another neighbor, Luz Davila, said she saw several people surrounding a person who was lying in the street Tuesday night and was wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher. She was shaken when she turned on the news early the next morning and learned the person had been fatally stabbing.
“We’re in Fitchburg but you don’t expect stuff to happen like that, so close to home,” she said.
A blood stain more than one-foot long could be seen on the street at about 9 a.m. Wednesday. State police detectives tagged evidence that way laying on the grass just outside the apartment.
Crime tape blocked of a large area near Green Acres apartments Tuesday morning. Traffic was diverted for several hours from Water Street to Normandy Road.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted the case, said Early. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.
State police detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Fitchburg police and state police crime scene services are investigating.