25 year-old Springfield murder victim remembered

Monique VanZant was killed in stabbing at her Springfield home

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A woman who was killed in a stabbing that Springfield police say was motivated by domestic violence has been identified. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that 25 year-old Monique VanZant was found unresponsive inside her home at 329 Franklin Street Tuesday night. EMTs had determined that she had died from her stab wounds, before she could be taken away to the hospital.

Twenty-seven year-old Van Dorsey, Jr. was arrested moments after the stabbing. He been charged with her murder, and was arraigned earlier in the week at Springfield District Court. He is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

VanZant was remembered Thursday at Branford Hall Career Institute in Springfield, where her classmates and friends released balloons in her memory.

The deadly stabbing marked Springfield’s 10th homicide of 2015, and the third homicide that Springfield police say was an act of domestic or relationship violence. In the two other cases, Pedro Vasquez of Springfield was arrested for the January 5 murder of Yahaira Hernandez, and Nickolas Lacrosse has been charged with the February 11 killing of Kathryn Mauke.

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