Pregnant woman strangled, found with multiple stab wounds

The Jefferson Parish Coroner now says that a pregnant woman was choked to death and her body was found with multiple stab wounds in a Terrytown apartment.

Katherine Martinez, 23, was pronounced dead in an apartment on the 600 block of Whitney Avenue early Sunday morning, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

Police received a call at 12:49 a.m. requesting an ambulance for Martinez. Police found her lying on the floor in the apartment's kitchen with multiple stab wounds according to the JPSO. The fetus did not survive.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner has declared the cause of death as strangulation. Officials say that the woman was stabbed in the abdomen.

However, the coroner says that the stab wounds did not kill the unborn child. The unborn died as a result of the mother's death.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Colonel John Fortunato says the assailant may have had a key to the victim's apartment. The dead bolt was found in the locked position when a family friend kicked the door in Sunday morning and discovered Martinez's body.

The assailant will be charged with homicide and feticide when caught. There are no suspects at this time.

Martinez was in her final trimester. Neighbors say she was friendly, and attended a local community college.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111.

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