Elderly woman stabbed in home invasion

January 4, 2009 4:33:19 PM PST
Residents in one Queens community still can't believe what happened to one of their beloved neighbors after an elderly woman was attacked and stabbed inside her own home.The home invasion happened at 134th Avenue and 157th Street in Springfield Gardens.

Tico Flores Kyle can't imagine why anyone would hurt 86-year-old Vivian Squires, the woman who years ago taught him how to fish as a child. He says she was a giving woman with a heart of gold.

"To live this long in this neighborhood and to have this happen at this stage in life is inconceivable," he said.

What happened to Squires has rattled the neighborhood, where many have lived for more than 40 years. They shared stories across fences and often gathered at Squires' home, where she lived with her nephew Tony.

Squires was Tommy Harrington's pre-k teacher.

"She never had a bad bone or mean or anything of that sort," he said.

But early Sunday morning, someone attacked Squires inside her home and took off with her car.

"You can't just break into a home here," neighbor Harry Johnson said. "Everyone is around and people are home. It's surprising, just doesn't happen like that."

From her hospital bed inside Mary Immaculate, Squires told relatives a chilling story, how her attacker stood over, her holding a pillow as she slept. She woke up, rolled over and that's when the suspect stabbed her multiple times in the neck and back.

Squires' nephew spent part of the day talking with police. He was home at the time of the attack, and friends say he is devastated by what happened to a lady who wouldn't harm a soul.

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson

WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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