Mom of 8 stabbed to death on NYE Craigslist date

FRESNO, Calif. -- Authorities have identified a woman who was stabbed to death in central Fresno as 41-year-old Robin Smith.

Family members said she leaves behind eight children and was a good mother and friend.

Smith was killed on New Year's Eve near First Street and McKinley Avenue. Police say she had met with a man looking for a relationship through Craigslist. But an argument broke out over money, and investigators say Smith's boyfriend showed up and started attacking the man.

Robin Smith, 41, of Fresno

That man has told police he stabbed Smith in self defense, and he is cooperating with the investigation. It's unclear if he'll face charges.

"He has been cooperative at this point. He has provided us with the knife and clothing. He does have physical injuries on his face which would indicate that he's been in some type of physical altercation," said Chief Jerry Dyer, Fresno police.
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An ad on Craigslist, from someone seeking companionship, may be the reason for a fatal stabbing in Central Fresno.

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