A husband allegedly stabbed his wife to death and then lay down and embraced her lifeless body at a Queens salon where she worked.
The woman, 35, who was identified as Iris Rodriguez, was working inside the Tu S’tilo Salon and Spa on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens, at about 7 pm on Wednesday when her husband attacked her, police told the New York Daily News.
She was reportedly stabbed multiple times in the chest as her stunned co-workers looked on in horror, police told the news outlet.
Iris Rodriguez, (pictured), was stabbed several times allegedly by her estranged husband who then lay down and embraced her at a Queens salon where she worked
Footage obtained by the Daily News showed her attacker lying on top of her as he can be heard whispering to her and crying, while onlookers scream in the background.
Rodriguez and her husband separated after about four years of marriage in January.
However he became jealous when he saw her talking to other men, a friend named Rosa told the Daily News.
He also had begun to call her after they split up. The friend revealed: ‘She said that he was aggressive, and she was a little scared, but never enough to think this [would happen].
‘She said he wanted her to live with him but she said she didn’t want to be with him. She said she didn’t want him to know where she lived.’
‘Such a good person she was. A really good mother. She loved her children. She would do everything for them.’
Iris Rodriguez, (pictured), is survived by two young sons, one who is eight and the other who is just a toddler
Police stand outside Tu S’tilo Salon and Spa, where Iris Rodriguez was killed by her husband
Officers in the salon saw the man lying on top of the body of his wife, where he began to weep
A cordon was put in place outside the salon as the jealous man was taken away by police officers
The man’s name has not been released and charges against him are pending, according to police
The woman, 35, who was identified as Iris Rodriguez, was working inside the Tu S’tilo Salon and Spa, (pictured), in Jackson Heights, Queens, at about 7 pm when her husband attacked her
Iris Rodriguez leaves behind two young sons, one who is eight and the other who is just a toddler.
In the footage, police can be heard saying: ‘Move out of the way, move out of the way. Anyone who saw anything, stay here.’
‘Dios mio!, a woman can be heard yelling in the background before officers remove him from on top of her body.
She was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital, but she tragically died.
Rodriquez worked on hair and make-up at the salon and her friend described her as a ‘magnificent’ person.
Police took the 39-year-old suspect into custody. He was also brought to Elmhurst hospital for treatment for a cut on his arm.
His name has not been released and charges against him are pending, according to police.