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Common-law husband recounts slain St Mary woman's final moments

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2013 | 1:28 PM

Orantes Moore, Gleaner Writer



The family and friends of a woman who was murdered earlier this week during a robbery at her home in St Mary have expressed shock and grief at the killing.




According to her common-law husband Derrick Francis, who witnessed the murder, Cynthia D’Avanzo, a 79-year-old businesswoman from the district of Hopewell, was stabbed in the neck after two armed and masked men entered the couple’s home shortly before 9 p.m. on Tuesday.



The 52-year-old said he called his common-law wife before he went home and was told that she had locked the main door and grill, so he should use the other door to enter.



He said when he arrived D’Avanzo started opening the main grill for him but he didn’t realise that she was being held at gunpoint.



Francis said that when he stepped into the house, he saw two men and they told him to kneel down, but D’Avanzo ran.



He said one of the men ran after her and cut her neck and then ran off.



Francis said the other one chased after him, and then he heard more gunshots as they were going up the road.



Meanwhile, Charles, a close friend of the family, said he could not understand why anyone would murder D’Avanzo describing her as a decent and well-respected woman.



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