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Vindalee Smith, pregnant NYC bride-to-be, found murdered the day before wedding

Vindalee Smith
CBS New York
Vindalee Smith
CBS New York

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Vindalee Smith, a pregnant mother of four, was found stabbed to death in her New York city apartment on the day before her wedding. Cops are now looking for a suspect.

Authorities say that Smith, 38, was eight months pregnant when she was died from slash and stab wounds to the neck. Her unborn child did not survive.

Smith was found on the floor of her home in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn on Oct. 20 . Neighbors said she had moved into the area in recent weeks. Her other children are older and did not live with her.

Police said there was no sign of forced entry, and no weapon was recovered. Investigators were looking for a possible suspect and spoke to Smith's fiance as well as friends and family.

Smith had once feuded with a former neighbor who threatened to kill her, but it was months ago and the trouble had stopped when she moved to the new apartment, the Rev. Ferron Francis told the New York Daily News.

Smith was a devout Seventh-day Adventist and attended New Dimension Church, about half a block from her residence.

The brutal, unexpected death "is tragic, it has broken our hearts," Francis said.

Smith had joined the church about three years ago, said Andrew Connor, a deacon at New Dimension.

"She was dedicated to her family," he said. "She was beautiful and this is very surreal."