Home / World / APNewsBreak: Couple was celebrating anniversary on cruise – New York Daily News

APNewsBreak: Couple was celebrating anniversary on cruise – New York Daily News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Utah couple was celebrating their wedding anniversary aboard an Alaska cruise when the husband was found covered in blood next to his wife’s lifeless body, a frenzy of violence that a neighbor called completely out of character.

Dana Nicholls told The Associated Press on Friday that he has lived near Kristy and Kenneth Manzanares, both 39, for about 10 years and they appeared to be the perfect family. The couple, who have three daughters, booked the weeklong cruise to celebrate the milestone in their marriage, he said.

Kristy Manzanares was found dead in a blood-splattered cabin Tuesday night. Her husband has been charged with murder after he was discovered with blood on his hands and clothes, and with blood spread throughout the cabin on the Princess Cruises ship, according to a criminal complaint.

Even in hindsight, there was never any warning signs, no police at their home, Nicholls said.

“Everybody thinks that there’s a big path that leads to something like this — and absolutely nothing. Just absolutely nothing,” Nicholls said in a phone interview from Santa Clara, Utah.

The FBI said a man and other people went into the couple’s room on the ship before medical workers and security officers arrived and saw Kristy on the floor covered in blood, according to court documents. She had a severe head wound, but the agency has not revealed other details about her death.

Passengers of the Emerald Princess cruise ship disembark on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Juneau, Alaska, hours after arriving at port. A domestic dispute aboard the cruise ship led to the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman, and the FBI is investigating what happened in U.S. waters off Alaska, the agency said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Passengers of the Emerald Princess cruise ship disembark on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Juneau, Alaska, hours after arriving at port. A domestic dispute aboard the cruise ship led to the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman, and the FBI is investigating what happened in U.S. waters off Alaska, the agency said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

The man asked Manzanares what happened, and the suspect said, “She would not stop laughing at me,” according to an FBI criminal complaint. Manzanares then grabbed his wife’s body and tried to drag her to the balcony, but the man stopped him, the agency said. A security officer handcuffed Manzanares in a nearby cabin.

Nicholls has set up an online fundraising page for the couple’s three daughters. Like Kristy Manzanares, Nicholls works in real estate. Kenneth Manzanares works in auto sales and insurance, Nicholls said.

Nicolls said his goal is to help the couple’s daughters with whatever they may need, including funeral expenses. He said two of them are teenagers and one is a young adult.

“Their children are like my children,” he said. “They’re part of the family.”

He also said he does not want the world to see Kenneth as a monster.

Bryan Schroder, the acting U.S. Attorney for Alaska, left, and Marlin Ritzman, the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Alaska, address reporters Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Anchorage, Alaska, after a Utah man was arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with murder in the death of his wife on an Alaska cruise. Kenneth Manzanares of Santa Clara, Utah, is charged in the July 25, 2017, death of his wife on board the Emerald Princess. The shape was sailing in U.S. waters, meaning the FBI investigated and charges are in the federal system. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Bryan Schroder, the acting U.S. Attorney for Alaska, left, and Marlin Ritzman, the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Alaska, address reporters Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Anchorage, Alaska, after a Utah man was arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with murder in the death of his wife on an Alaska cruise. Kenneth Manzanares of Santa Clara, Utah, is charged in the July 25, 2017, death of his wife on board the Emerald Princess. The shape was sailing in U.S. waters, meaning the FBI investigated and charges are in the federal system. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

“He was not a bad person any little bit, as far as we know,” Nicolls said. “Everybody has probably issues behind closed doors that nobody knows about, but these people were the perfect American family.”

___

Follow Rachel D’Oro at https://twitter.com/rdoro .

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Tags:
newswires
associated press
business newswires

Send a Letter to the Editor

Join the Conversation:
facebook
Tweet

Source: world

About Tom Mark

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*