Woman, 35, fatally knifed

husband held

May 06, 2007|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,Sun reporter

Lesa Lynn Thamby grew up on Ballman Court in Brooklyn Park, and when the house next door to her childhood home was for sale, she snatched it up. She raised her three children there and operated a small day care business.

Yesterday, longtime neighbors, who said Thamby always had a kind word and a smile, were reeling as word spread that the 35-year-old had been fatally stabbed and police had arrested her husband.

"She was a very beautiful, very sweet young lady who would do anything for anyone," said Maria Wertz, a neighbor and friend. "This is a loss of a good person, a good friend."

Police were called to Ballman Court just after midnight yesterday morning after a report of a stabbing. Inside the home, they found Thamby suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was pronounced dead en route to a local hospital early yesterday.

Soman Narayanan Thamby, 50, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, police said. Few other details about the incident were released.

Cheryl Snyder, who lives next door in the neighborhood of brick rowhouses, said she had heard arguing earlier Friday evening and was awakened later by police sirens and a helicopter overhead. She said such arguments were not typical.

Court records, however, show that Lesa Thamby had sought a protective order against her husband in Anne Arundel County District Court less than two months ago. The domestic violence case was dismissed in April when she failed to appear in court.

Wertz also grew up on Ballman Court and bought a home just a few doors down from her parents. There are two types of residents on the street, she said -- those who rent and those who have lived there most of their lives.

The neighborhood "takes care of itself most of the time," she said.

Lisa Thamby was well regarded in the tight-knit community, neighbors said. She was friendly, and she diligently maintained her front lawn, which is separated from her mother's home by a low chain link fence. Toys, a faux wishing well and a porch swing also distinguished the Thambys' yard from their neighbors.

"It's sad around here today," said Rose Hebb, 65, as she sat on her front porch next door.

Neighbors knew less about Soman Thamby, describing him as a hard worker who held multiple jobs.

A girl who answered the door at the home of Lesa Thamby's mother said the woman was too distraught to comment. Thamby's three children -- one of whom is 2 years old -- were being cared for by relatives, Wertz said.


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