Richmond Hill mother stabbed in murder-suicide: Cops

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A young mother of two who was in an abusive relationship was stabbed to death in her Richmond Hill home in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.

Marking the first murder of 2018, at 1:09 p.m. on New Year’s Day, officers responded to a 911 call of an unconscious female inside a residence at 112th Street near 103rd Avenue, the NYPD said. When police arrived, they discovered the body of 26-year-old Stacy Loknath unconscious and unresponsive with multiple stab wounds to her torso. Police said she was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to police, hours later Loknath’s 46 year-old husband, Vinny, was discovered hanging from a tree following a suicide attempt a mile away in Forest Park. The Guyanese couple, who shared a 5-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter, were in an abusive relationship.

Police said Vinny Loknath was charged with assault in September for repeatedly striking his wife in the back of the head with a closed fist, following the assault a judge reportedly granted an order of protection barring him from seeing his wife until October 2019.

The Daily News reported the couple celebrated New Year’s Eve at a local club where they were thrown out of for arguing.

Romain Shaw, Stacy’s brother-in-law, told the Daily News Vinny was very abusive.

“She stayed with him no matter what because they had two kids together,” he said. “She was hoping for him to change, but he never did.”

The newspaper also reported that Vinny Loknath made a bizarre call to his mother after the alleged crime, asking to be cremated instead of buried.

Shivana Jorawar of Jahajee Sisters, a Queens based non-profit that supports Indo-Carribean women, called on elected officials to provide more resources to women in the community to prevent domestic abuse.

“This is the fifth time Jahajee Sisters has had to respond to the violent murder of an Indo-Caribbean woman in Queens,” she said. “How can it be that in one community, the same headline seems to run over and over again? Stacy’s death is a call to action for all of us, including our elected officials and faith leaders, who we look to in times of need.”

Police said no arrests have been made and the investigation was ongoing.

Reach Gina Martinez by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

Posted 12:00 am, January 8, 2018
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THINK from QUEENS says:
It is ghetto Richmond Hill in the ghetto SE Queens, you were expecting some HAPPY NEW YEAR stuff.

Figures the first murder of 2018 comes from this S**Thole neighborhood, once nice a long time ago before the invasion of hood rats, criminals and slobs.
Jan. 2, 2018, 3:39 pm
tantan from harlem says:
hey-Think-think about it, what happens when you see the news in the rich well to do neighborhoods, a few years ago the 5 girls found dead in Long Island-what happened, this was an alleged "hood rat, criminal free neighborhood". Get real-this is NYC-the land of sickos, sounds like your crimes are personal! God Bless You!
Jan. 2, 2018, 5:38 pm
THINK from QUEENS says:
Tantan from Harlem: Please, some parts of LI are bad because of hood rats, criminals and slobs who have moved there along with the MI-13 gang. But the case you mentioned was in regards to a serial killer, completely different from the shootings and killings that are all too common in areas like Richmond and SE QUEENS.

BUT to your point, places like Richmond Hill and the dirty SE Queens along with East New York and Brownsville ALWAYS have shootings, killing and other nonsense way more than other neighborhoods and it has to do with the element that is in those communities. YOU GET REAL, not all of NYC communities have shootings and killings every month or week as is the case with SE QUEENS.

Tantan, another looking blindly at issues.
Jan. 2, 2018, 6:10 pm
Fresh Prince from Jamaica says:
Hey Tantan. Why do people like you always try to justify something, which is what you are doing. Some communities are just known for crime, violence, shootings and killing. Bringing up a serial killer on Long Island years ago just does not help your point at all, but shows that you are always justifying issues.

Try reading some statistic in certain neighborhoods for a change or just try reading what goes on in other communities.
Jan. 2, 2018, 6:16 pm
Johnny B from Elmhurst says:
Wow, Tantan had to reach all the way back to make to try and say all communities are the same. You are off key with that one, that was the case of a serial killer. Not to say that bad things don't happen in well to do neighborhoods, but they are very infrequent and the young people in those places are not shooting up the community on a regular basis like they do in SE Queens, especially South Jamaica.
Jan. 2, 2018, 6:21 pm
Sammi from Corona says:
Why did this young girl have the need to marry someone who was 20 years older than her and a piece of crap from the media stories. Was this one of this arranged marriages or just a poor choice in a mate. Too bad the girl had to be killed. At least he hung himself so his children will not have to have him in their life and screw up yet their lives. Great father figure.
Jan. 2, 2018, 6:26 pm
Sansya from Richmond Hill says:
Vinny Loknath, a much despised despicable person, Now let's hear from this ahole's relatives about what a good son, good brother, good friend he was.

Glad you are dead, too bad you took your wife with you. A great gift you left your children, killing their mother.
Jan. 2, 2018, 6:31 pm
TT from SE Queens says:
The first murder of 2017 in NYC happened in the same area not far from this place:

Unfortunately I live in the area, not a great one at all.
Jan. 2, 2018, 6:38 pm
Natasha from Richmond Hill says:
This happened a few blocks away from me. It's so sad that the neighborhood isn't what it used to be. What a tragedy for the children. He should have just hung himself and let her live. Many west Indian men are abusive alcoholics. He was coked up too. It's too bad that no one could intervene, bc she wouldn't let them. I feel sorry for the kids who have to grow up without a mom. Some people really don't want to be saved.
Jan. 10, 2018, 2:04 am

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