CONCORD — Friends and family of a Concord woman prosecutors say was stabbed to death Sunday by her husband outside their home are remembering her as a loving mother.
Meanwhile, her accused killer opted not to go before a judge and will instead remain behind bars. Emerson Jaques Figueiredo, 42, waived arraignment Monday in Merrimack County Superior Court on second-degree murder charges.
He is accused of stabbing his wife, Nathalia Da Paixao, 35, Sunday in the Edgewood Heights condo complex in Concord. Figueiredo agreed to be held without bail and has been assigned two public defenders, Matthew Zahn and John Bresaw, state prosecutors said.
Police were called to Edgewood Heights Condo Associates on Branch Turnpike Sunday afternoon in response to several 911 calls, officials said. Outside the apartment complex, police found an adult female, identified as Da Paixao, 35, suffering from several apparent stab wounds.
Da Paixao later died at Concord Hospital, officials said. An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Monday by the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner’s office. Results of the autopsy have yet to be released.
Police arrested Figueiredo on alternative counts of second-degree murder, one for knowingly causing the death of Da Paixao by stabbing her, and the other for recklessly causing her death under circumstances “manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life,” according to a statement issued by state prosecutors.
On Monday, relatives of Da Paixao set up a GoFundMe page seeking donations to cover her funeral costs and support the couple’s two children, 13 and 10.
The children were taken to the home of relatives in Nashua, according to a post on a Facebook page for Nashua’s El Shekinah church, which the couple attended. Family members wrote in social media posts that Da Paixao worked in house cleaning and sold food supplements.
“On Sunday July 28, we lost a friend, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a soul,” wrote family members on Da Paixao’s GoFundMe page. “We are in disbelief of what happened. We lost Nathalia to a tragic incident. As her friends, her family her support we are coming together as a community to raise money for her funeral costs and all other costs that come along with such a tragic death.”
Family members say funds will also go to support the couple’s children.
“These two kids lost both of their parents in one day,” family members wrote on Da Paixao’s GoFundMe page. “The pain they are going through is unimaginable. We ask of all of you that find it in your hearts to help with as much as possible. They need this. They need your help.”
As of 6 p.m. Monday, the GoFundMe page had raised nearly $4,000. It can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/nathalias-funeral.
“My heart grieves and my chest aches with such tragedy, especially with a wonderful person like Naty,” Luana Sgarabotto Testoni wrote on a social media post.
“I can’t even imagine the pain and suffering that the kids are going through,” wrote Plinio Lima on social media. “God bless her kids and comfort them please.”
“What a sad situation,” wrote Natalie Swencki on social media. “My prayers go to the children who will need the help of everyone in every way. My heart is broken. Those who are closer, please hug these children for me.
Anyone with information about the stabbing incident is asked to call Lt. Sean Ford of the Concord Police Department at 225-8600 or the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100.