Former Hi-Five singer Russell Neal stabs, kills model wife
The mother of the model police say was beaten and stabbed to death by former Hi-Five singer Russell Neal says the killing ‘took her heart.’
Catherine Martinez, 24, was found brutally murdered in the apartment she shared with Neal, 40, after he walked into a Texas police station and said his wife was dead. This is the first time her family has spoken since the grisly discovery.
‘If you seeing this, just remember you took a part of my life, part of my heart,’ a devastated Catherine Figueroa, Martinez’s mother, told KTRK between tears.
The grieving woman called her dead daughter ‘my bonita,’ which is Spanish for beautiful, and claimed Neal was violent towards her.
‘He was abusive the whole time and I keep telling my daughter leave it alone, let it go,’ Figueroa insisted.
Sister Glenda Lewis could not stop crying.
‘They just keep saying she might have been lifeless for days, that was my sister,’ she shouted while wiping away tears.
The former member of chart-topping 1990s boy band was arrested Wednesday after bursting into a Texas police station and telling police his wife was dead and he needed a lawyer.
Authorities found 24-year-old Catherine Martinez, who has two sons, dead from apparent stab wounds and blunt force trauma. Neal is currently in custody on a $100,000 bond.
According to KHOU, Neal told police he’d gotten into an argument with Martinez before he asked for an attorney and then clammed up.