According to a police report, a Massachusetts man has been charged with killing his wife after they were both discovered suffering from stab wounds on Monday. Officers responded to a Lawrence address shortly after 5 p.m. on Monday and saw the married couple lying in a pool of blood, as indicated by Police Chief Roy Vasque.
Vasque said the two actually stabbed each other.
The Essex district attorney’s office says the woman, 28-year-old Yesinia Torres, died during surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She told first responders before she died, “Help me, I can’t breathe, he stabbed me.”
Her husband, 32-year-old Joel Monegro, was also seen bleeding heavily. He claimed that both he and his wife were armed with knives, but he claims she stabbed him first, police report states.
He reportedly told police: “We stabbed each other. Help her out. She’s going to die.”
Monegro was charged with murder and arraigned from his hospital bed. He remains at Tufts Medical Center where he is recovering from his injuries.
The couple experiencing a divorce and Joel Monegro had been booked to move out the day of the stabbings, according to reports. The couple had been together for 13 years.
Monegro was reportedly arrested five years ago for assaulting Torres. Neighbor Ana Brea told the police that the couple has three children – two young boys and a girl.
“I just can’t believe, I don’t know why he took her away from us,” said Janet Colon, Torres’ aunt. “She was a loving person, hard-working person, a loving mother.”