The State Police Major Crime Squad leaves 36 Ash Street after collecting evidence in a second floor apartment.
“A couple of us have heard them saying get out I’m done with you and then all of a sudden this happened,” said Tara Moreno who lives on Ash Street.
The body of a woman was found shortly after 8:00 Tuesday night. Neighbors who live in the same apartment house say her two children had come home after school and when they couldn’t get into their apartment they went to theirs.
“Twelve and seven,” said neighbor Keylianny Cruz. “A girl and a boy.”
“We thought the mom was out,” said neighbor Kimberly Roman. “The mom wasn’t out she was in the apartment the whole time.”
“And no one knew,” added Cruz.
Cruz and Roman say another neighbor who works for the building gave their mom a key to the apartment after several hours had passed.
“When my mom opened the door they found her dead in her room,” said Cruz.
One of the victim’s children was reportedly with her when she opened that door.
“That’s just heartbreaking having her own daughter see her mom like that,” said Roman.
They say there were signs of a struggle.
“The way the apartment was you could tell there was a fight. Yeah. You could tell there was struggling,” said Roman.
State police have taken over the investigation which has left one neighbor trying to ease the fears of his daughter who was upset by the police presence.
“I just said there’s just either somebody got hurt or some accident happened and everything would be okay and just to stay inside and the police would take care of it,” said Aaron Roszczewski who lives next door.
Willimantic police also expressed their deep sympathy for the victim’s family and friends in a press release which states this is an isolated incident and no threat to the community.