Keralite nurse stabbed to death by husband in US

Merin Joy Philip

Kottayam: A 26-year-old Keralite nurse was stabbed to death by her husband at South Florida, USA on Tuesday.

The victim identified as Merin Joy is a native of Monippally in Kerala's Kottayam district. She was a nurse at the Broward Health Coral Springs hospital.

The police have arrested her husband Philip Mathew (Nevin), 34, of Wixon, Michigan for first-degree murder.

Merin was stabbed multiple times while leaving Coral Springs hospital on Tuesday.

Coral Springs Police Deputy Chief Brad McKeone said the woman was leaving Broward Health Coral Springs, where she worked, when the man pulled up behind her and ended up attacking her.

She was stabbed "multiple times" and then "struck by the vehicle as the suspect fled from the scene," McKeone was quoted as saying by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Although she was feet away from an emergency room, Joy was rushed to the nearest trauma hospital in Pompano Beach where "she died a short time later", the Florida-based daily reported.

After witnesses described the suspect's car, police found Philip Mathew. Police said that he had a self-inflicted knife wound and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Domestic dispute

Police believe the stabbing was part of a domestic dispute between Merin and the suspect Philip. Philip is being charged with first degree murder, the Florida-based Local 10 News reported.

"The incident is believed to be part of a domestic dispute that was ongoing between the suspect and the victim. Philip was located in Coral Springs at an area hotel where he sustained a self-inflicted knife wound and was transported to an area hospital for treatment," Coral Springs Police said in a statement.

"He was taken into custody within a few hours of the initial 911 call and is being charged with First Degree Murder. Currently, there is no additional threat to the area residents or patients of Broward Health Coral Springs," it said.

McKeone said he did not immediately know if the couple was married. "We are heartbroken over the loss of Merin. She was part of our family, and there are no words to describe our emotions. We offer our most sincere condolences to her family," said Jared Smith, the CEO of Broward Health Coral Springs. Jennifer Smith, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said Merin had worked there for about two years.

Merin's friends said Monday's overnight shift night was supposed to be her last day at the Coral Springs hospital because she had given notice and was relocating out of town to start "a new life elsewhere."

A hospital friend, who declined to be identified, said Merin was moving to Tampa to escape her relationship.
The friend said they watched the black car drive over her body on the ground "like she was a speed bump" and her blood stained the parking lot until it was washed away.

The couple had been living separately for a while. They have a two-year-old daughter, Nora.

The couple along with their daughter had gone home last December. However, they got into a domestic spat and Nevin returned early. Merin placed her daughter under the care of her parents and resumed her job at Miami.

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