The death of an 85-year-old Brooklyn woman, who was found in her Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment Friday morning with multiple stab wounds, was ruled a homicide Saturday.
The medical examiner said Gloria Cadet was stabbed in the torso and slashed in the neck.
Police say a family member discovered Cadet's body seated in front of a couch inside her Jefferson Avenue home shortly before 8 a.m. Friday.
Cadet's family said her body was discovered by her 75-year-old brother, who lives at the same address.
Sources say Cadet was found sitting on the floor with a towel wrapped around her head.
Initially, the family thought Cadet had died of natural causes, but then they discovered stab wounds to her neck and torso.
"This is a bad dream. I can't believe it. I was calling my cousin on the way here, asking her if it was for real," said Patricia Frederic, Cadet's niece. ""It wasn't until the mortician came and we were removing her jewelry, my other cousin saw the gash on her neck."
"I saw gash on her neck. It was big, it took up the whole side of her neck," said Gloria Oge-Alexis, Cadet's granddaughter.
Oge-Alexis said her grandmother had no enemies, was quiet and kept to herself.
Cadet, who was born in the Dominican Republic, owned the building where she lived for more than 20 years. Family members say a long-time family friend who lived there with her and who she called her brother found her body.
Her death came as a shock to neighbors who knew her well.
"I stood there and cried when I heard the news about how she died. It's just amazing to me, how someone can do that to an old lady," said Dianne Joy, Cadet's neighbor.
"Someone stabbed her or killed her? How can that happen? This whole block is a neighborhood watch. Someone on this block had to know," said Rodney Edmonds, another neighbor.
By late Friday, police were still investigating the case as a possible homicide. The city medical examiner had yet to determine the cause of Cadet's death.
Cadet is survived by a large family, including 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.