Tragically, two female Canadian tourists, ages 47 and 80, were both stabbed repeatedly at approximately 1000 hours on Monday (May 21) in Atlantic City in the casino district and were pronounced dead in a trauma center. Identification of the victims has been withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.
According to authorities, Antoinette E. Pelzer, 44, a Pennsylvanian, stabbed the two Canadian women at the intersection of Michigan and Pacific avenues, a busy section of the resort city near Bally’s Casino.
Initial reports said witnesses described the stabbings as an attempted robbery. Authorities said it was unclear how long Pelzer had been in Atlantic City or where she was staying.
COMMENT: Monday’s murder victims were the seventh and eighth of the year in the city of 40,000, according to Atlantic City's The Press.
Given the repeated stabbings that both victims sustained, it is very possible that there may have been much more to the attack than economic gain.
Such attacks as this are a reminder that tourists and travelers must always be vigilant, regardless of the time of day. That said, several major cities in New Jersey are known to have high-levels of violent crime.
This case will be updated as new information becomes available.