"It cost me the ultimate price, my wife..."|Husband speaks after wife fatally stabbed

Husband speaks after wife fatally stabbed by panhandler

BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- As police in Baltimore search for the suspects who attacked a Harford County woman when she offered them money, the husband of the woman in the fatal attack, is warning others of the dangers in helping panhandlers and plans to fight for better laws.

From inside the home he shared with his wife Jacquelyn, Keith Smith opens up about the good deed that has changed everything.

The night he, his wife and his daughter drove by a woman holding what appeared to be a baby and a sign asking for help.

Her husband says, "Jacquelyn handed her the money. She was saying, God bless you, God bless. And then before I turned around within a second this guy stabs my wife."

Jacquelyn died hours later at the hospital.

Recalling the details of that night, Keith said, "All I could do was keep screaming her name and saying hold on, hold on ... I feel like I'm stuck in a nightmare. Every day I wake up and I'm trying to say it didn't happen."

Jacquelyn was a mother, worked as an electrical engineer, loved God and her church.

"In that aspect it gives me comfort... it's just that I wasn't ready for her to go. I wasn't ready."

A memorial service for Jacquelyn Smith will be held on Friday.

Police canvassed the neighborhood where the attack happened Monday, they are asking anyone with information to call 1-866-7LOCKUP, you could be eligible for a $2000 reward.

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