By Rikki Reyna: A 69-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in her Bronx home Sunday night, police said.
The victim, identified by family members as Lila Ramsaran, had been stabbed multiple times in the back when cops found her inside her house on Cranford Ave. near Hill Ave. in Wakefield about 9:30 p.m., officials said.
Firefighters also responded to an odor of gas at the house.
There were no arrests.
Ramsaran, who lived alone, was complaining about not feeling well Saturday and relatives were calling to convince her to attend church with them Sunday, said the victim’s niece, who declined to give her name.
“We were calling her today to go to church and there was no answer. I felt like something was wrong because it’s not like her to not answer the phone,” the distraught niece said. “Then we got a call from one of the tenants about a possible gas leak in the home and so that is why we came here. We were not expecting to find out anything like this.”
Ramsaran grew up in Trinidad but moved to the U.S. about 40 years ago, her niece said. In recent years she was living mostly back in Trinidad, but would come back to check on her Bronx home, where she lived in a basement apartment and rented the upper two floors to two tenants.
“She was upbeat and independent. She did everything for herself. She was very giving and loving towards everybody,” the niece said. “If you needed something and she had it she would give it to you, no questions asked. We don’t know why anyone would do this to her. We are very confused right now.”
Just hours earlier, a neighbor saw Ramsaran at home cleaning.
“She’s very nice to everyone, very quiet – she doesn’t bother anyone,” said the neighbor, who declined to give his name. “I don’t know why this would happen to her. I didn’t think there were any problems there.”
Ramsaran’s tenants were also shocked by her death.
“She was a very nice woman,” said one of the tenants, who declined to give his name.