More information on Kristy Manzanares, the Utah realtor killed Tuesday on an Alaska cruise, has been released, as reported by CBS News.
According to the news network, she was described as a trusted and valuable sales associate by her employer.
“Kristy [Manzanares] was a dedicated and loving mother who juggled her business schedule to make her children the top priority,” a statement from Summit Sotheby’s International Realty read.
As Crime Online previously reported, the mother of three was killed aboard the Emerald Princess ship during an alleged domestic dispute with her husband, Kenneth Manzanares, 39. At the time, witnesses described hearing an argument before the woman’s bloodied body was discovered.
Authorities later revealed that Kristy, 39, was found with a gaping head wound shortly after nine at night. Officials pronounced her dead 20 minutes later.
Kenneth—who was found with blood on his hands and clothes—was later charged with the murder of his wife, according to a statement from FBI Special Agent Michael L. Watson.
The FBI complaint alleges that a man who saw Kristy’s body asked the suspect what happened and he responded, “She would not stop laughing at me.” He then attempted to throw his wife over the balcony, according to the New York Daily News.
Passenger Charles Rowlen and his wife were in a room two floors above Manzanares’ cabin. Rowlen spoke to reporters, as noted by CBS News.
“I heard terrible screaming – I mean, you knew it wasn’t normal,” he said.
Inside Edition reported that Kenneth also tried to hurl himself overboard but was stopped by the ship’s crew.
The Utah couple embarked on the cruise with their three teenage daughters to celebrate their 18-year wedding anniversary. One passenger told Inside Edition that he saw one of the girls frantically running out the cabin and asking for help.
The ship was placed on lockdown for nine hours and diverted to Alaska.
Bail has not been set. A preliminary hearing for Kenneth Manzanares is scheduled for August 10.
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