Latanette McDaniel was walking in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco at around 11pm on the night of December 14 when she was approached from behind and stabbed in the back.
Her attacker quickly fled the scene, leaving McDaniel to die. She wasn’t going to give up that easily, however.
Latanette banged on the windows of a nearby bus and screamed for help while she was being attacked.
She collapsed to the ground soon after her attacker fled, but emergency services had already been summoned.
When police arrived on the scene, McDaniel was repeating phrases like “I’m dying” and “I’m going to die.”
That wasn’t all she was saying, though. She used her dying breaths to name her attacker, too.
Latanette also kept repeating that “Vernisha did it,” and that her attacker was on Potrero Hill to police at the scene and in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
She succumbed to the stab wound that punctured her lung and died shortly after reaching the hospital.
Her accusation was caught on film by the officers’ body cameras.
When police searched the surrounding area about 30 minutes after McDaniel was stabbed, they found Vernisha Mandigo nearby.
According to court documents submitted by Assistant District Attorney Nathan Quigley, Mandigo was sweating and out of breath when police found her on the 1400 block of Kansas Street.
Police also reportedly found two pairs of scissors in her purse, including one that seemed broken.
According to those same court documents, Mandigo confessed to killing McDaniel in a police interview after she was found just 4 blocks from the scene of the crime.
Latanette’s family told the San Francisco Chronicle that the mother of seven knew her attacker, but they were confused as to what could have led Mandigo to want to kill her.
Mandigo is currently being held without bail on a charge of murder, awaiting her return to court on Monday, according to SF Gate.
Latanette’s family has created a GoFundMe fundraiser to help with funeral costs, as she did not have a life insurance policy.