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Man Stabs Wife to Death in Front of NYC Salon Patrons: Cops

After the stabbing, witnesses said the man embraced the body of his dying victim.

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    Vigil Held at Queens Nail Salon Where Woman Was Killed

    Members of the community gathered at the Jackson Heights nail salon where a woman was fatally stabbed by her husband in a gruesome act of domestic violence. The husband then tried to kill himself, but was unsuccessful and apprehended by police. NBC 4 New York's Michael George reports.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 9, 2019)

    A man was taken into police custody after police say he fatally stabbed his wife multiple times in the back at a nail salon where she worked, shocking witnesses outside the business in Queens who filmed part of the horrific attack on their phones.

    The 39-year-old stabbing suspect walked into Tu S’tilo Salon Spa on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights Wednesday night and attacked 35-year-old Carmen Iris Santiago from behind, witnesses and police said.

    After the stabbing, witnesses said the man embraced the body of his dying victim. Rodriguez was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

    Videos taken by witnesses showed the stabbing suspect with blood covering his hands. According to police, the man had cuts on his hand or arm. He was later transported to a hospital in stable condition.

    The suspect was later identified as 39-year-old William Rivas. He was charged Thursday with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

    It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney, nor was it known if he had a history of domestic violence against his wife.