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Police said that Alphonso Lucas broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and stabbed her multiple times Monday night. Cousin Lashonda Bowden identified the 42-year-old woman who was killed as Terrilyn Gray. She and witness Iesha Moore speak about Gray's death.
One woman is dead and her daughter is recovering after a stabbing attack at a home in Miami Gardens Monday night.
Police say the 42-year-old woman's ex-boyfriend broke into her home in the 4500 block of Northwest 180th Street around 10:30 p.m. through a side door and stabbed her multiple times, killing her.
Investigators say he also attacked the victim's 22-year-old daughter and killed a pet Boxer inside the home.
Iesha Moore, who says she and a friend helped the victim call 911, said the 22-year-old ran from the stabber, banging on doors trying to find help. Moore says her friend spotted her, picked her up and brought her to a convenience store.
"She was bleeding real real bad, like it was running from her arm on down her leg and everything," said Moore. "You could see the gashes, they was like really, really deep."
The daughter is recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Police say she's expected to be okay.
Investigators say the ex-boyfriend, 39-year-old Alphonso Lucas, turned himself into police at 4 a.m. They were questioning him Tuesday morning and said they were not looking for any other suspects.
Lucas was being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and burglary.
Cousin Lashonda Bowden identified the 42-year-old victim as Terrilyn Gray. She said Gray had gone dancing with Lucas Sunday.
"So that's what I don't understand, you went dancing with her Sunday, what made you come and do this on Monday? I don't understand. I want to understand," she said, sobbing.
Bowden identified the daughter as Curtina Gray.
Sholonda Walker lives next door to the victims and said the ex-boyfriend previously lived with the victim but she hadn't seen him there in at least two weeks.
"It's devastating," Walker said, who described the man as friendly, and said he would mow lawns and take out garbage to help people on the block, and even helped fix her mother's air conditioning in the house across the street.
She said she never heard any arguing between the couple. Police said Lucas has previous misdemeanor charges.
"She didn't deserve it. I was just with her on Sunday, she was a good person, goodhearted, if I needed anything she'd give to me," Bowden said.
Once police left the crime scene Tuesday, family members were seen cleaning the gruesome aftermath at the home.