When police showed up to Estrella Carrera’s apartment outside Chicago on Sunday, they found her dead in a dry bathtub. She had been stabbed multiple times, and she was still wearing the dress she wore at her wedding reception.
Carrera hadn’t told many people that she was getting married,the Chicago Tribune reported, and the news seemed to surprise her neighbors as well, who had never seen her with another man. She was a Spanish interpreter for a social welfare agency and apparently lived alone with her daughter and son, ages 9 and 2.
On Friday, though, Carrera married a 30-year-old man with whom she’d been with, on and off, for three years, according to the Tribune. He was the father of her 2-year-old. The Tribune newspaper has not named him because he has not been charged.
That night after the marriage, Carrera called family members, inviting them to join her on a party bus. When she called her cousin Sandy Lopez, she didn’t mention a wedding, perhaps because her cousin didn’t approve of the man Carrera was seeing.
“She didn’t want to tell me she had gotten married,” Sandy Lopez told the Tribune. “She didn’t tell anybody.”
When she was killed, she was wearing a dress that she wore at the reception, Captain Joseph Ford of the Burbank Police Department told msnbc.com.
“It was not a wedding dress in the traditional fashion,” he said.
“We are following several leads but have not named a suspect at this,” Ford said. “We will release more info tomorrow.”
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