New York Mother Killed Trying to Rescue Girl From 'Controlling' Boyfriend

A woman was fatally stabbed in New York on Friday while reportedly trying to rescue her friend's daughter from an apartment.

Mother of two Franchelli Almonte, 36, was stabbed in the neck while trying to pick up the 17-year-old girl, who was with her boyfriend, The Post-Standard reported.

Almonte had driven to Syracuse to the North Side address after receiving a call from the girl's mother asking for her help, according to the newspaper. She told Almonte that her daughter was being threatened and held against her will by the boy, who is also aged 17.

But as the two mothers arrived to pick up the girl an altercation broke out.

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Just a few minutes after Almonte and her friend left with the girl, the car they were traveling in stopped on the 100 block of Carbon Street.

The teenage boy reportedly threw a brick through the car's back window before moving toward Almonte, who was sat in the driver's seat.

She was trying to fend him off with a stick that she kept for self-defense, when she was stabbed. Almonte was about 500 yards from the car at the time. She was pronounced dead at Upstate University Hospital later that night, according to police.

In a statement, Syracuse Police Department said officers responded to a "disturbance call" around 6:15 p.m. on Friday.

"A short time later, Officers located a 36-year-old female who suffered from a stabbed wound to the neck in the 100 Carbon Street, which resulted from the disturbance from 300 Spring St. The female, Franchelli Almonte, 36, was pronounced dead a short time later."

The department asked anyone with information on the ongoing investigation to call police on (315) 442-5222.

Investigators are reportedly trying to trace the girl's teenage boyfriend, who has not been named.

Care worker Almonte, who also ran an event planning company, reportedly came to the U.S. from Puerto Rico 12 years ago. She leaves behind a 7-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son.

"All she was doing was giving her friend a ride," Amy Larrieux, another friend of Almonte, told The Post-Standard.

She said the boy had been "disrespectful" and "controlling" for three years and that the girl's mother had pleaded with her daughter to leave him.

Larrieux paid tribute to her friend in a GoFundMe appeal to raise funds for Almonte's funeral. "She was an amazing woman and the loss of her life has been felt in our community," she wrote. "There was never a NO for anyone,...she always gave her last to anyone if In need."

In another tribute, Lianka Rivera posted a message on Facebook, addressing Almonte directly: "If when you wrote to me on Monday I would have realized that it was the last time I would have talked to you I would not have left you and repeated you over and over that you will take care of yourself."

Update at 12:43 on 12/14/2020: This article has been updated to include a statement from the Syracuse Police Department.

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File photo: Yellow police crime scene tape rests in the grass on July 19, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A mother of two has died after being stabbed while trying to help her friend's daughter in Syracuse, New York State. Several blocks of Spring Street were taped off as officers investigated the stabbing. Joshua Lott/Getty