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Grandmother stabbed to death

Relative in custody
  • The body of an elderly woman found stabbed to death on Greenway Avenue, off Carmichael Road is removed from the crime scene by mortuary employees. AHVIA J. CAMPBELL

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 15, 2013

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Police yesterday continued to question the suspect arrested in connection with the murder of a grandmother, who was stabbed to death in her home over the weekend, according to Superintendent Paul Rolle.

Rolle told The Nassau Guardian that police took a  man into custody in connection with the death on Saturday night.

Police confirmed that the suspect is the victim's relative and lived with her.

It is unclear whether he will be charged in connection with the murder.

According to police, the victim, who has been identified by family as Vivian Johnson, was stabbed several times in her neck at her home on Greenway Drive, off Carmichael Road.

Johnson was found on the floor of a bathroom toward the rear of the home around 8:30 p.m., according to police, who believe she died earlier in the day.

Police reportedly found a bloody knife outside the home.

Scores of relatives, friends and neighbors were gathered as the body was removed from the home.

Johnson's daughter, who did not want to be identified, said her mother was a retired widow.

Johnson's neighbor and long-time friend Lurie Gibson said she has yet to come to grips with the gruesome killing.

"I just didn't believe it," she said. "So I wanted to question what happened, what [went] down."

Gibson said she knew Johnson for about 50 years.  She said she will miss her dearly.

She described Johnson as a diminutive, neat and sensible woman.

Gibson said she and Johnson often prayed together.

"I had a death in 2006," Gibson said. "My son [got] killed on Paradise Island. She (Johnson) came down and prayed with me… We were just friends."

Gibson said she also prayed with Johnson when her (Johnson’s) son was arrested and later convicted of murder.

Johnson's daughter confirmed that her brother is in prison serving a decades-long murder sentence.

Gibson said she will continue to do what she and Johnson did together in their times of need: pray.

Johnson's death marks the 87th murder in the country for the year.

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