Woman found stabbed to death in Lackawanna apartment

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 26-year-old woman was found stabbed to death Sunday afternoon in her Lackawanna apartment.

Friends and co-workers were concerned when Tequila Suter did not show up at work Saturday night. When they weren’t able to reach her, her landlord and someone else went to her apartment Sunday afternoon, where they found her body.

Police say Suter was stabbed to death Saturday evening.

According to friends, Suter was a smart, independent woman, who was finishing her master’s degree while working two jobs, one helping disabled adults and the other helping teens who have had children.

Kalima Clark said, “She was just a wonderful person she had no enemies at all.”

Clark says she is having trouble understanding how anyone could have killed her best friend. She lived with Suter before they moved to Wilksbarre Street in Lackawanna. But they were still close. Suter lived on the first floor while Clark lived on the second floor.

Clark says she appreciated her friend’s spiritual outlook on life and says Suter radiated optimism.

“Her love for God… like any time someone was having a hard time she was just there to comfort you and just like, ‘God’s going to be there; God’s going to be on your side,'” she said.

Clark was supposed to give Suter a ride to work Saturday night.

“She had sent me a text message at 7:01 p.m. stating she had a ride,” she said.

But Suter never made it to work. The next morning, Clark grew worried when Suter didn’t answer her phone or the door when it came time to go to church.

Clark said, “I called the person who works for my landlord to see if they could come open the door because I’m thinking she’s just in there doesn’t want to be bothered. And when they went in there they said I couldn’t come in.”

Suter had been stabbed to death.

“At first I was in shock, you know, the ambulance. I was mad at the ambulance, I was mad at the police, I was mad at the fire department, I was just mad at everybody because I was thinking she was helpless. Nobody was trying to help her. I didn’t even know she was already gone the night before,” Clark said.

Now a home once shared by two friends will forever be a place of heartache.

Clark said, “She had my back and I had her back. We were best friends.”

Police say they are interviewing witnesses but have not made an arrest. This is the first time they have ever been called to this apartment building.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lackawanna detectives at 827-6410.

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