Women held in stabbing death of girlfriend in Fitchburg

Women held in stabbing death of girlfriend in Fitchburg
Children tried to help their mother as she lay dying from stab wounds on a Fitchburg road, DA says
A Fitchburg mom of three is dead after officials say she was stabbed Tuesday night by a woman she was living with. That woman was also being treated for stab wounds.

Neighbors called 911 at 10:17 p.m., and Jennifer Narvaez-Colon, 34, was found in the street in front of her home at 35 Wanoosnoc Road with multiple stab wounds, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said in a Wednesday press conference. 

The children were out in the road with their mother, he said, adding that they were rendering aid to her. She was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester at 12:36 a.m. Wednesday.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early said 34-year-old Jennifer Narvaez-Colon was found lying in the road with multiple stab wounds. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

Fitchburg Woman Fatally Stabbed With 3 Children Nearby

Wanda Liz Gonzalez, 33, who was living with Narvaez-Colon, was found inside one of the bedrooms of the home with wounds on her head and neck when law enforcement arrived, Early said. She was brought to the UMass hospital in Worcester with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Gonzalez was charged with domestic assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to Early. She was arraigned at the hospital Wednesday and a not guilty plea was submitted. A dangerousness hearing is set for Friday in Fitchburg District Court, according to a news release from Earlys office.

Gonzalez was arraigned from her hospital bed at UMass Worcester on charges of domestic assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy on Narvaez-Colon, the DA said.

We anticipate that there will be some changes to the charges, but we cant do anything until we get the autopsy back and have a specific cause and manner of death, Early said.

The victim, her children, and the suspect all moved to Fitchburg together from Puerto Rico after losing everything in Hurricane Maria.

While he couldnt elaborate on the relationship between the two women or what the circumstances were surrounding the incident, Early did say the incident was not a random act.

Fitchburg Police Chief Ernest Martineau, also at the press conference, said his department believes the incident was isolated and that there appears to be no danger to other people living in the area.

The Worcester County District Attorneys office said police responded to two 911 calls about a stabbing on Wanoosnoc Road just after 10 p.m. They found Narvaez-Colon in the street outside the womens home. She had allegedly been stabbed multiple times.

The investigation is still active, Early said, and a search warrant was being executed at the home on Wednesday.

Both Narvaez-Colon and Gonzalez were taken to UMass Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, then to UMass Memorial Medical Center, where Narvaez-Colon later died from her injuries. An autopsy is being performed on her body, Early said.

The three children were planned to be interviewed at the DAs Childrens Advocacy Center, and reunited with family, he said.

“I only noticed a woman going on the stretcher,” neighbor Adri Butler said. “They knocked on the door trying to figure out, you know, asking me questions. Did I see anything, hear anything?”

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These crimes are never easy to handle, Martineau said in commending those who responded to the incident.

Narvaez-Colons children were removed from the home. They are in custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families until they can be reunited with other family members.

The three children of Jennifer Narvaez-Colon tried to help their mother Tuesday night as she laid on a Fitchburg road, suffering from stab wounds that would prove fatal, according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

Narvaez-Colon, 34, suffered the injuries after an incident at 35 Wanoosnoc Road around 10:15 p.m.

Authorities were summoned to the address late Tuesday when a 911 caller reported that an apparent accident had left a man, thought to be a pedestrian, in the road. Police found Ms. Narvaez-Colon, suffering from multiple stab wounds, District Attorney Joseph J. Early Jr. said, with her children – ages 13, 11 and 8 – around her.

Police responded to the address after receiving two 911 calls reporting a woman was in the road suffering from multiple stab wounds, Early said during a Wednesday press conference at the Fitchburg police station.

When officers got to the scene, Narvaez-Colons children, ages 13, 12 and 8, were rendering aid to their mother, Early said.

Wanda Liz Gonzalez, 33, with wounds visible on both sides of her neck, did not speak Wednesday as she sat in a hospital bed at UMass Memorial – University Campus in Worcester and listened to the allegations against her through an interpreter.

Another woman, Wanda Liz Gonzalez, 33, was found inside a bedroom of the 35 Wanoosnoc Road home, Early said, also suffering from stab wounds to her head and neck.

Narvaez-Colon was taken to the hospital in Leominster, then transferred to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where she was pronounced dead around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause and manner of the womans death.

A fire department spokesman said two people were transported to UMass HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospitals Leominster campus, but could not confirm the nature of their injuries.

Gonzalez was also taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where she remains with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Police Chief Ernest Martineau confirmed there was a stabbing at a home in the city at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday.

From her hospital bed on Wednesday afternoon, Gonzalez was arraigned on charges of domestic assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a knife.

A not-guilty plea was entered on Gonzalezs behalf, and Judge Christopher LoConto continued her case to Friday for a dangerousness hearing in Fitchburg District Court.

Gonzalez could face further charges depending on the result of Narvaez-Colons autopsy, the district attorney said.

Because both women were stabbed, it remains under investigation as to whether one of them was acting out of self-defense, Early said. The autopsy will help provide more information.

On Wednesday afternoon, one police officer was standing guard by the front door of 35 Wanoosnoc Road. Another officer was in the backyard. 

The three children were taken into custody of the state Department of Children and Families and will be reunited with their family later Wednesday, Early said.

Early said the investigation is active and ongoing and that a search warrant is currently being executed at the home.

“There appears to be no danger to anybody who lives in that area,” he said. “Id like to commend the men and women of this police department who first responded for their quick actions, their quick response, but also their compassionate response. These crimes are never easy to handle.”

Martineau said police are reviewing call logs to see if officers had ever responded to the address in the past.

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