Newlywed in wedding dress found fatally stabbed in Burbank home
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org May 14, 2012 8:18AM
Updated: June 16, 2012 8:07AM
Just days after what was supposed to be among the happiest moments of her life — her wedding day — Estrella Carrera, a mother of two young children, was found stabbed to death in a bathtub in her Burbank home.
Carrrera was found still wearing her wedding dress, sources said.
Police were saying little Monday, calling the death — in the 7800 block of South Rutherford — a domestic incident.
Carrera, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office.
An autopsy Monday ruled the death a homicide, police said.
Carrera got married in a small, hastily planned wedding to the father of her younger child on Friday, her cousin, Sandy Lopez, told NBC5 News Monday afternoon. Carrera and her new husband had an on-again/off-again relationship, Lopez said.
Lopez, who was shocked, told WLS-TV that Carrera “still has a life to live.”
Burbank police were called to the apartment for a well-being check around 3:30 p.m. Sunday and found Carrera dead in the bathtub with multiple stab wounds, according to police.
Carrera was supposed to pick up her children, ages 2 and 8, from a relative’s home Saturday afternoon, police said. When she did not, the relative contacted police.
Police are calling it an isolated incident stemming from a domestic situation but did not say whether anyone was in custody as of Monday.
Carrera had applied for a wedding license on May 2, authorities said. The 30-year-old man she filed to marry was not at his Southwest Side home Monday afternoon. A woman who identified herself as his sister said she had spoken with police about Estrella’s death but declined to comment further.
Records show the man is the father of Carrera’s 2-year-old son.
The Cook County Clerk does not yet have a marriage certificate on file, according to spokeswoman Gail Siegel. Whoever presided over Carrera’s wedding ceremony has to sign it, then submit it to the clerk, Siegel said.
Burbank police and the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force are investigating Carrera’s death.
Neighbor Jim Olinger, 56, said he had helped Carrera’s new husband try to find his keys a few days ago and he “seemed like a really nice guy.” He said he learned of her death from a neighbor on Monday.
“Even if I did hear something, I wouldn’t have thought anything of it,” Olinger said, because some nearby neighbors are known to fight.
Other neighbors said they had no clue Carrera planned on getting married or was even seeing someone.
“I seen her walking to her car, her and her son. She never had problems with anybody. ‘Hi’ and ‘bye’ and that was it,” neighbor Jason Tokarczyk told NBC5.
Tokarczyk said Carrera was quiet and had only lived in the complex for a few months.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media