71-year-old Dilma Spruill, a mother and US postal worker, was stabbed to death a little after midnight on Wednesday by a repeat offender while walking home after work in Oakland, California.
Fox News reports that her son, Miles Spruill said, "Three houses away. She was almost home, but she's not coming home," and "You took my best friend. You took the last living birth parent that I have."
A USPS spokesperson said to Fox News Digital, "The US.Postal Service is deeply saddened at the loss of our employee."
"We lost a member of our postal family. Dilma beamed with energy, joy and brought light to all who had the pleasure to know and work alongside her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and her co-workers at this time," the spokesperson added.
Wilbert Winchester, 28, was arrested on Thursday for the stabbing and for the attempted murder of another victim, a 59-year-old woman, whom Winchester allegedly stabbed two days prior.
Authorities have not said what could have been the motive.
Winchester was incarcerated for three years for a conviction of elder abuse. In that case from 2017, Winchester kicked a woman, 73, in the head and put her in the hospital.
Spruill worked as a mail handler at the Oakland Processing Facility for 18 years. After completing her shift and sorting mail she walked home. Around 12:30 am Wednesday she was stabbed multiple times and her throat was slit. She died at the scene.
The Daily Mail reports that Winchester is suspected of several similar attacks that involved a box cutter and a metal pole, all in the same area.
According to local news, Miles Spruill said, "What the people that was cleaning up the blood…it was right here, so if anything, she normally doesn't walk up and then across the street, because that kind of backtracks, so she walks at an angle."
A friend, Nialah Charles, said, "It's tragic, because this is something that she does all the time, walks home, and doesn't bother anybody."
"Dilma was sweet. The sweetest woman ever, like my second mom," she said.
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