Photo courtesy of Karen Moreino
Stabbing victim Shelina Moreino, right, poses with her cousin Karen "Keiko" Moreino, left, in an undated photograph.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Four tenants at 149 Valley St. were sitting outside in Monday's sunshine, but they had heavy hearts knowing that their neighbor, Shelina Moreino, was not among them. The 41-year-old mother was found stabbed to death inside her apartment early Sunday morning, allegedly at the hands of her estranged husband, Robert Bethea.
Bethea, 45, was taken into custody on Sunday morning after Central Falls Police found him in the second-floor apartment that he had shared with his wife until several months ago. He was formally arraigned in District Court in Providence on Monday on a charge of domestic murder and violating a no-contact order. He was ordered held with bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions pending a May 27 hearing, according to Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office.
Moreino's cousin, Karen Moreino, said that Shelina came from a large Cape Verdean family and had lived for many years in Newport. There are other relatives in the Providence area, including one on the Providence Fire Department. â€śThe Moreinos are a big family,â€ť she said.
Read the rest of the story in Tuesday's newspaper.