Sister Arrested for Stabbing Brother to Death
A petty fight between siblings in Washington Heights ended in bloodshed on Monday when a 21-year-old woman pulled a knife on her younger brother and plunged into his chest, killing him inside their own apartment.
The two were bickering with each other at around 6:15 am — childishly saying, “you shut up, no you shut up” — when Jeffrey Loria, 19, slapped his sister, Estefani Loria, across the face, sources said.
Mad as hell, she grabbed a knife and went after him, stabbing him a single time inside their apartment on St. Nicholas Avenue near West 178th Street, where neighbors say they live with their mother.
Jeffrey was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and later pronounced dead, police said.
Cops arrested Estefani and charges against her were pending.
Gisselle Lopez, a 22-year-old neighbor who grew up with the siblings, said the young woman was quite bizarre and kept to herself most of the time, as did her brother.
“They were quiet,” she said. “(Estefani) always stuck to herself. She was a weirdo.”
But 61-year-old Luz Tanya — who’s lived downstairs from the family since 1994 — told The Post she never noticed any animosity between the two.
“I don’t know what could have happened with those kids,” she said. “They never had any problems. They were good people. I never saw a problem between those two. Perhaps the devil came between them.”
Tanya recalled how Jeffrey tried his best to stay out of trouble throughout the years.
“He used to work as a security guard. He was a good kid,” she explained. “He wasn’t like any other kids around here. He wasn’t involved in any gangs or drugs. That boy was good.”
Tanya said Jeffrey’s mother, Blanca Loria — who is currently in Mexico on vacation– was someone who strived to see her children succeed.
“Their mother is a good woman,” she said. “A hard worker. She raised those children right. I think they might need psychiatric help. Because those kids are not violent. They were good people. They were a good family.”