A pregnant Brooklyn woman was found stabbed to death in her apartment one day before her wedding — and cops were grilling her groom-to-be. Vindalee Smith, 38, just two weeks away from giving birth, was discovered Saturday on the floor of her blood-spattered East Flatbush home with a gaping knife wound to her neck, sources said.
Her unborn baby boy did not survive.
There was no sign of forced entry, and no weapon was discovered in the E. 94th St. basement where the mother of four lived alone, sources said.
Investigators were questioning Smith’s fiancé at the 67th Precinct stationhouse Saturday night. He had not been named as a suspect.
“I can’t even begin to imagine who would want to do that,” said Smith’s friend, Sybil Samuel, 58. “It would be the devil to kill a woman with a child in her stomach. They killed two people.”h.
The grisly murder was discovered by Smith’s worried landlord on what should have been the happiest of weekends — with plans for a baby shower followed by a small wedding at a storefront church.
One of Smith’s friends was going to host the Saturday night shower at an Eastern Parkway apartment, friends said.
“She was very faithful and strong,” Samuel said. “We were looking forward to that baby.”
The next morning, Smith was supposed to exchange vows with her beau at New Dimension Seventh-Day Church on Winthrop St.
Pastor Ferron Francis said Smith didn’t seem overly excited about her upcoming nuptials. “It seemed more like she saw it as an accomplishment,” said Francis, who had never met her fiancé.
Francis said the Jamaican-born woman was unemployed and struggled financially, often relying on church members for a place to live. Her four children — two boys and two girls in their late teens and early 20s — stayed with friends. Their father lived in England.
But Smith was looking forward to gathering her kids under one roof following the wedding. “She had a very positive outlook on life in spite of the many financial struggles she was having,” Francis said.
The pastor said Smith had been locked in a simmering feud with a former neighbor, who accused her of letting his dog out of the building. “A man accused her of being irresponsible and threatened to kill her and her family . . . but that was months ago,” Francis said.
Police had not named a suspect.