Bristol stabbing victim identified

Published on Thursday, 9 January 2020 20:11


BRISTOL - A Bristol woman who was savagely stabbed to death late Tuesday has been identified as Jessica Rivera.

Rivera, 39, died from stab wounds to the neck, torso and upper extremities, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Thursday. The manner of death was a homicide.

Rivera and her husband, Eddie Torres, 37, both of 128 Vance Drive, were dog sitting for a relative on Tuesday at an apartment at 7 Pardee St. when Torres allegedly stabbed her multiple times, according to police. He has been charged with one count of murder, but police reports indicate he could face more charges once investigators have a better idea of what exactly transpired when Rivera was killed.

Police said Torres drove to the police department around 9:15 p.m., after the stabbing, walked up to the front desk and told the officer there “I kill my wife.” He made a stabbing motion with his hand.

Because of a language barrier, police could not immediately get Torres to tell them where the stabbing happened.

Around the same time, Rivera sought help from someone in a neighboring apartment. She was allowed inside, where she fell to the floor, bleeding profusely. The neighbor called 911, and when police arrived, they said Rivera was in a pool of her own blood, having suffered multiple stab wounds - three of which punctured her heart.

She was rushed in an ambulance to St. Francis Hospital, in Hartford, where doctors operated on her right up until she was pronounced dead shortly after midnight Wednesday.

Torres is being held on $3 million bond. He is due back in court on Jan. 22.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 9 January 2020 20:11. Updated: Thursday, 9 January 2020 20:13.