Nurse found strangled to death inside Queens home: cops

By New York Post

(NEW YORK POST) – A Queens woman was strangled to death inside her home near Kennedy Airport — and discovered by her concerned brothers, who checked on her after she wasn’t answering phone calls, police and relatives said.

Cops found Samantha Stewart just after 9 p.m. Tuesday at her Jamaica home on 145th Road near 167th Street — with trauma to her neck and head, cops said.

The 29-year-old nurse was wrapped in a white sheet on the floor of her bedroom — with her teeth knocked out and her tongue hanging out of her mouth, her distraught relatives told The Post.

Keniel Stewart, Samantha’s 17-year-old brother, said his older brother tried calling her around 3 p.m. Monday, but the call went to voicemail.

Worried family members continued trying to reach her into Tuesday, until the brothers went to her home to check on her.

“I ran in the house,” Keniel said, recalling how he followed his brother in and made the shocking discovery.

“I took a glimpse of her and went back outside. That’s not how I wanted to remember her, so I didn’t want to see her.”

Samantha died of “manual strangulation,” according to the City’s Medical Examiner. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Family members had last spoken to Stewart — one of seven children — on Monday afternoon while she was getting ready for work at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, said the victim’s aunt, Ruby Dixon.

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