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Search Warrant Reveals Details In Stabbing Of Durham Woman

Posted May 3, 2005
Updated March 24, 2013

— A search warrant is revealing more details about the case of a young mother stabbed to death.

When the 911 call came in last Tuesday, police thought they were responding to a shooting. After officers got to the house on Ferrand Drive, Janet Abaroa's husband, Raven, told them his wife was upstairs hurt.

Authorities found the 25-year-old mother on the bedroom floor. According to police, she had been stabbed in the chest. Court papers show there were large amounts of blood on the floor, on the wall and near a side door of the home.

Investigators stayed on the scene nearly 24 hours collecting evidence. Some of the items seized include a block of knives, financial items, including a checkbook and loan papers and a cell phone. Police searched the couple's Dodge Durango, where they found a knife and a pawn shop ticket.

Authorities also collected soil samples from the SUV and took swabbings from various locations in the house. They also took the clothes Abaroa's husband had been wearing.

Police will not say if they have any suspects in the case or a motive, but they are saying it was not a random murder. Abaroa's husband retained an attorney late last week.

WRAL spoke with members of Abaroa's family Friday. They said the couple was very much in love with each other and their 6-month-old son.


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