Mom of two, 37, is found dead with a knife stuck in her chest and her throat slit in the Bronx

A New York casino worker and mother of two was found dead Saturday at a Bronx housing project with a knife stuck in her chest and her throat slit after telling family she feared for her life days later. early.

Bjana James, 37, was found at the Betances Houses NYCHA building on East 147th Street at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The knife had been cleaned of all traces of the killer before he was left inside her, the New York Daily News reported.

Her family said they were last heard from on Wednesday, when she texted saying she feared for her life.

James’ younger sister said she texted a friend saying her boyfriend – who has yet to be named – was “acting strangely and screaming about someone lacing his marijuana”.

Bjana James, 37, was found at the Betances Houses NYCHA building on East 147th Street at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.

James' family said they left behind two children, a 12-year-old son named Junior and an 8-year-old daughter named Maya (pictured above)

James’ family said they left behind two children, a 12-year-old son named Junior and an 8-year-old daughter named Maya (pictured above)

‘She said ‘I’m scared. He’s going to kill me!” said his sister, who requested anonymity.

James’ cousin, who only identified herself as Shelly, said the boyfriend eventually returned to the flat.

‘ (She texted me) ‘He’s here! He is back!’ and since she wrote we haven’t heard from her,” she said. “Something was wrong, she always replies.”

Family members tried to contact James on Thursday but she did not respond. She was found on Friday evening.

“His brother came first, turned his button, it was open,” Shelly said. Thank God his mother didn’t come in. Something was wrong.

James' mother Stacey is heartbroken at the scene of her daughter's death

James’ mother Stacey is heartbroken at the scene of her daughter’s death

Stacey said Bjana was living with an ex-con who was also a lifelong friend of her daughter

Stacey said Bjana was living with an ex-con who was also a lifelong friend of her daughter

Her mother, Stacey, said she lived with an ex-con who was also a lifelong friend of her daughter.

“I can still hear my daughter talking,” said James, 61. “My daughter was loved…People really loved my daughter. What could have gotten out of control in an argument that couldn’t be handled?

“I try to keep my cool,” added James. “But I know that in a while, I will crack.”

James’ family said they left behind two children, a 12-year-old son named Junior and an 8-year-old daughter named Maya, who were living with their grandmother at the time of their mother’s death. She worked in a casino near Yonkers.

Friends and family lit candles at a small memorial in the apartment a few hours later to celebrate Bjana James’ life.

New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell oversaw a devastating crime wave in his first three months in office

New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell oversaw a devastating crime wave in his first three months in office

“He was a loving person,” James’ cousin said. “She left her two children behind. We have to go tell the news to his children. We didn’t think that would happen.

No arrests have yet been made. The investigation is ongoing.

Crime in New York skyrocketed in 2022 after increasing in 2021.

There were 32 murders in February, three more than the same month last year.

Several other categories saw shocking jumps, including car theft, which soared nearly 105%; robbery, which jumped almost 80% over the previous year; robberies, which jumped 56%; a 44% increase in burglaries and a 22% increase in assaults. Rapes also saw a terrifying 35% increase in February.

The crime wave comes during Mayor Eric Adams’ first months in office. The former NYPD cop has pledged to quell the influx of incidents on the city’s streets and subway – which has seen a surge of violent incidents in recent weeks. Former Mayor Bill De Blasio’s policies have contributed to the current crime wave, experts say.

The New York City subway has been ground zero for the latent crime wave after an alarming 73.3% increase in underground incidents – including 182 in February alone.

Hate crimes have also doubled since last year – with anti-Asian attacks more than tripling and anti-Jewish complaints up 54% from the same period last year, from 134 to 207 incidents.

A recent poll found that nearly 75% of all New York City voters consider crime a “very serious” problem.

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