A New Jersey mother-of-three was killed after being fatally stabbed in a gruesome attack police said was carried out by her identical twin sister.
Camden County Police responding to reports of an unconscious woman discovered Anna Ramirez, 27, on the ground of a house in the Centennial Village Apartments complex at 5:38 a.m. Saturday.
Anna, who had been stabbed, was rushed to Cooper University Hospital, but she could not be saved. She died at 6:19 a.m.
That same day, police arrested Amanda Ramirez, Anna’s identical twin sister, who they claimed was responsible for the slaying.
Amanda was charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter and is being held at the Camden County Correctional Facility while she awaits a pretrial detention hearing, authorities said.
Anna was the mother of three little girls, Abrianna, Naudia and Aaralynn, to whom she was “devoted,” her loved ones said in her obituary. She was also remembered as a beloved daughter and hardworking, having spent many years in the medical field as a certified nursing assistant.
“Anna had a special bond with her grandparents and enjoyed family dinners and weekly time hanging out with her sisters,” the memorial said.
On a GoFundMe page created to help with funeral costs, Anna’s loved ones recalled how “her humble demeanor, kindness and willingness to give with a pure heart allowed her true beauty to shine through.”
Officials announced Amanda’s arrest Monday but have not released details surrounding a possible motive.
Following the news of Amanda’s arrest, those who appeared to know the sisters took to social media to express their shock at the development in the case.
“RIP Anna,” one friend wrote. “My prayers are with your kids and family, this is just unsettling … I’m praying for your sister this don’t add up!”
A relative of the twins shared on her Facebook page a brief video just before 4 a.m. Saturday of herself and the Ramirez sisters sitting outside with another person. In the short clip, they appear happy and all stick out their tongues at the camera.
Anna also posted on social media early Saturday, sharing a photo at 3:43 a.m. of herself with the same group, including her twin.
“You know the vibe,” she wrote below the picture.
The investigation is ongoing, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Andy McNeil at (856) 225-8407 or Camden County Police Detective Sean Miller at (856) 757-7042.