Woman killed in front of her children

August 12, 2008 6:44:50 AM PDT
Police arrested a 21-year-old in the killing of a woman in front of her children. Investigators were called to the scene at 8442 151 Street in Queens just after 7:30 Monday night.

Police found the victim, 32-year-old Veronica Rivera, with her throat slashed. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rivera apparently had brought her 2-year-old child to the house for visitation with the child's father, Pedro Ayala. The two parents got into an argument that escalated into violence, police said.

Investigators said another of Rivera's children, a 9-year-old, also witnessed the murder. Police recovered the weapon, a knife, at the scene.

Ayala was taken to Queens General Hospital with a hand injury. Investigators said he called 9-1-1.

Charges against him were pending.

STORY BY: N.J. Burkett


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