MANHATTAN — (PIX11) The New Year should not commence with blood being washed off Manhattan sidewalks.
“Wow! So sad,” said Bernice Beloz as she watched Jose Quintana, a building superintendent in Inwood, wash away fresh stains less than 12 hours into 2013.
“She was a tremendous teenager. She didn’t deserve this,” said Quintana of Edith Rojas, a 19-year-old college student stabbed to death by a man described as an ex-boyfriend. The stabbing took place on a quaint street in front of her family’s building.
“I’ve lived here my entire life. I’m 23, and I’ve never seen or heard of anything like that. That’s just pretty bad,” Beloz said.
Rojas was walking back from a Laundromat with her brother, according to Quintana. The 34-year-old super, a father, was one of the first on the scene.
“I couldn’t sleep thinking about this,” Quintana said.
As Quintana described what he saw, he got goosebumps on his arms.
“He stabbed her several times in the back.” Rojas was unconscious within minutes, and her mother desperately slapped her cheeks to try and revive her, according to Quintana.
Quintana remembers the teenager’s clothes neatly folded and to the side of her body. Now candles light the area as flames burn in memory of Rojas.
With his ex-girlfriend lying in a pool of blood, the alleged killer sprinted down the block to nearby Fort Tryon Park where he tried to take his own life by stabbing himself.
He was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He remains in critical but stable condition, police say.