Mom seeks public’s help year after daughter’s killing

A mother whose daughter was stabbed to death in Wyandanch last year renewed her plea for answers Friday.

A mother whose daughter was stabbed to death in Wyandanch last year renewed her plea for answers Friday.

A mother whose daughter was stabbed to death in Wyandanch last year renewed her plea for answers Friday. (10/14/16)

WYANDANCH - A mother whose daughter was stabbed to death in Wyandanch last year renewed her plea for answers Friday.

Her mother Betty Harper, of Amityville, says she wonders every day what happened. She's asking for anyone with information on the attack to come forward.

Harper says her daughter was stabbed as many as 19 times and left to die last year. Joyce Benjamin, 50, remained unconscious for more than six months before succumbing to her wounds on May 30.

"How would you feel?" Harper asks. "She couldn't say nothing -- just lay there. She couldn't speak. She couldn't eat...I don't know how someone could do that."

Benjamin, a graduate of Wyandanch High School, once had hopes of becoming a nurse. But Harper says her daughter fell victim to a drug addiction that took over her life. She spent 20 years in and out of rehab.

"Sometimes I wish I could have done more for her, but I did all I could," Harper says. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police say the victim sustained multiple lacerations and 1 Police release sketch of man found dead in Massapequa Preserve
The van was a welcome addition to the 2 Nassau firefighters group donates van for disabled vets
Two Long Island residents with differing views on 3 LI residents offer different takes on GOP health bill failure
Police are searching for the driver involved in 4 Brentwood man killed in hit-and-run crash
When the new Nassau Coliseum opens its doors 5 New Coliseum to pay tribute to military, 9/11 victims

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE