GOOD SAMARITAN STABBED | Husband speaks out about wife's murder
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - The husband of an Aberdeen woman stabbed to death while trying to help someone in East Baltimore said he never thought it would happen.
FOX45's Liz Ortiz talked to Jacquelyn Smith's husband, Keith, who said he and his wife were just leaving a birthday party Sunday night when they saw the woman, who appeared to be holding a baby.
He said his wife felt moved to stop and give the woman money - and that's when things took a terrifying turn.
"I wound the window down, and when she did that, some guy came over to say, 'Can I thank her?' and as he did, not thinking he would do what he did, he commits the stabbing of my wife," said Keith Smith, still reeling from the shocking death of 54-year-old Jacquelyn.
He watched in horror as his wife's life was taken, simply for trying to help another person.
"He snatched her necklace, and the girl snatched the pocketbook, and they both ran. I jumped out to run but I heard my wife screaming, so I came back," he said.
Smith says his wife noticed a woman who appeared to be holding a baby and a sign that said, "Please help me feed my baby."
Now he says he hopes something can be done about panhandlers - and criminals - in the city.
"People get violent when you don't want to give, so something needs to be done, because now you don't know when you give, if the person is going to take your life or they're going to thank you for it, because this girl actually said 'God bless you' when that guy did that," Smith said.
He is encouraging the public to be careful when panhandlers get close to their car.
"I'm from Baltimore, and the last thing I thought is, they were going to take my wife's life, and now I got to live with that. I got to live with that," he said.
Earlier Monday, police spent some time canvassing the area in the Johnston Square neighborhood, along Valley Street, handing fliers out with the suspect's descriptions.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.