Loved ones mourn woman slain in Wakefield

Posted: Updated:
WAKEFIELD -

Loved ones gathered Thursday outside the Wakefield home of a slain 45-year-old woman.

They lit candles and placed flowers outside the home of Wanda Rios, a mother to an 8-year-old girl.

Police say Rios was stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver Wednesday while working at MNI Security Specialists on East 233rd Street.

Police arrested 45-year-old Idris Abdul-Muhaymin in connection with her death. He is charged with murder, manslaughter, and criminal possession. Abdul-Muhaymin was also wanted for allegedly killing his 73-year-old uncle in June. That victim, Owen Dillard, had recently won the lottery before his death.

Family and friends say they don't know why Rios was targeted, because they don't believe she knew her suspected killer. But police sources tell News 12 that the suspect may be a relative of Rios' boss.

Abdul-Muhaymin faced a judge Thursday with a bandaged elbow and a court-appointed attorney. He was remanded to the court's custody and is due back in court July 17.

  • SlideshowsMore>>

  • 70th Emmy Awards

    70th Emmy Awards

    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Boogie Down Bites Photos

    Boogie Down Bites Photos

    From pizza to chopped cheese sandwiches and the Bronx salad, News 12 brings you Boogie Down Bites!From pizza to chopped cheese sandwiches and the Bronx salad, News 12 brings you Boogie Down Bites!

    Here are some of the dishes featured on Boogie Down Bites. 

    Here are some of the dishes featured on Boogie Down Bites. 

  • Guide: Brooklyn and Bronx Breweries

    Guide: Brooklyn and Bronx Breweries

    Tuesday, August 28 2018 9:30 AM EDT2018-08-28 13:30:56 GMT

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the boroughs for beer-lovers to visit.

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the boroughs for beer-lovers to visit.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."