ST. JOSEPH, MO (The News Press & Gazette) – New details are coming to light on the weekend stabbing that may have claimed the life of one woman.
Authorities identfied the suspect in the case as 26-year-old Eliseo Hernandez-Sabastian.
He remains jailed this morning on suspicion of first-degree aggravated assault. It is not known if he is facing formal charges.
Officers say the suspect fled the scene after the stabbing early Saturday morning at Legends sports bar on the North Belt Highway. He was later taken into custody.
Two employees were taken to the hospital with stabbing wounds. The male victim was treated and released, but the female suffered what police described as “very severe” injuries.
Social media posts from friends and family claim the woman, Terra M. Reents, died as a result of her injuries. Those claims could not be verified.
“They are saying their goodbyes, and letting her go. Terra was a daughter, a mother a wife and so much more,” one of the posts said.
The death would be the first homicide of 2018 in St. Joseph. Reported murders increased by one in 2017. Seven were reported in 2016 compared to eight in 2017.
The man accused in the incident, Eliseo Hernandez-Sebastian, 26, of St. Joseph, is now facing murder and assault charges after police say he stabbed two bar employees, including Reents, at Legend’s Sports Bar and Grill. Reents later died from her injuries.
The Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney’s office charged Hernandez-Sebastian with second-degree murder and first-degree assault on Monday.
A GoFundMe account was created Monday for Reents and more than $3,900 has been raised to help cover funeral expenses. The bar is also scheduled to host a benefit Feb. 14 for the victim’s family. The fundraising page said Reents was a mother of five children. “Terra was an incredible mother, daughter, sister, and more. Her spirit and love for life was immeasurable.
She has five beautiful children who, thanks to a needless and senseless act of violence, now need all of our support now more than ever,” a statement said on the GoFundMe page