Yesterday morning, an 8 1/2 months pregnant Brooklyn woman was found fatally stabbed in the neck inside her Brownsville apartment, the day before her wedding was to take place. Vindalee Smith, 38, was pronounced dead in her home on East 94th Street around 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Smith, a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, had previously received death threats from a former neighbor: “She had some issues with some people in the past who had actually threatened to kill her and her entire family,” her pastor Ferron Francis, of the New Dimension Church, told the Post.

The threats seemed to stop when Smith moved to Brownsville, but she told the pastor she had received new threats just two weeks ago. Smith, who worked for a geriatric, home health-care agency, has four children, including two teenage boys and two girls in their 20's. Her eldest daughter, Monique, arrived at her home yesterday for the baby shower for her soon-to-be-born brother, only to learn the devastating news: “Monique fell on the floor and couldn’t get up,” said a friend from Smith’s church, whose members had been set to throw her a shower last night. “It was so sad. She came for a baby shower and a wedding—but now she has to stay for a funeral.”

“I can’t even begin to imagine who would want to do that,” Smith’s friend, Sybil Samuel, told the News. “It would be the devil to kill a woman with a child in her stomach. They killed two people.” A neighbor told CBS, “Satan is the instigator. He’s only the devil. Satan and his angels that would commit this thing.” Police said there was no sign of forced entry and no weapon was recovered at Smith’s apartment. They've questioned Smith's fiance as well, who has not been named a suspect, and the investigation is ongoing.