NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A quiet Queens couple is dead and neighbors are trying to make sense of what happened.
Anna Karapetian said she’ll never forget the horrible scene she witnessed Thursday morning as her 37-year-old neighbor, Jennifer Cale, lay dying inside her Sunnyside apartment across the hall. Cale’s 20-year-old daughter screamed desperately for help.
“When I saw it, I couldn’t go inside because in my heart it was broken. It’s terrible,” Karapetian told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez. “When I heard her screaming ‘Help! She’s not breathing!’ I thought it was some heart attack. I ran to help, but when I saw the blood I couldn’t help.”
Police said Jennifer Cale was arguing with her 41-year-old husband, Amis Cale, when he lashed out in a fit of rage.
“He stabs her to death. He is seen standing over her body by her daughter,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
Amis Cale took off, but his daughter called 911 and showed pictures of her father to arriving officers, police said.
Police said the husband ran two blocks from the apartment to an elevated train station on 41st Street and Queens Boulevard, and then jumped about 50 feet to his death.
“Imagine seeing somebody every day, saying good morning for a couple of years and then you find out something like this happens. It’s very depressing,” building superintendent Elias Suarez said.
Suarez said Amis Cale and his family emigrated from the Philippines, and moved into his mother-in-law’s Queens apartment on 39th Place about two years ago, adding the family seemed happy.
“I never heard of any problems, any domestic violence or anything. Like I said, [it’s] a huge surprise and a terrible tragedy for the family and everybody in the building,” Suarez told reporters, including WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.
Tragically, a young woman is now without both her parents, while police try to figure out why.
Police said Amis Cale had a psychiatric history and was upset over a recent death in the family.
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