A mother of five was stabbed and killed over the weekend by a man who police say caused a disturbance at a bar where she worked in St. Joseph.
Court records reported by the St. Joseph News-Press said the woman had been stabbed in the neck early Saturday morning after she asked the man to leave the bar. She was identified as Terra M. Reents, 38.
The man accused in the incident, Eliseo Hernandez-Sebastian, 26, of St. Joseph, is now facing murder and assault charges after police say he stabbed two bar employees, including Reents, at Legend’s Sports Bar and Grill. Reents later died from her injuries.
The Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney’s office charged Hernandez-Sebastian with second-degree murder and first-degree assault on Monday.
A GoFundMe account was created Monday for Reents and more than $3,900 has been raised to help cover funeral expenses. The bar is also scheduled to host a benefit Feb. 14 for the victim’s family.
The fundraising page said Reents was a mother of five children.
“Terra was an incredible mother, daughter, sister, and more. Her spirit and love for life was immeasurable. She has five beautiful children who, thanks to a needless and senseless act of violence, now need all of our support now more than ever,” a statement said on the GoFundMe page.
Reents lived in St. Joseph, but also had ties to Shenandoah, Iowa. KMA reported that Reents graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1997.
A 48-year-old man was also reported injured as a result of the stabbing. Police said he was taken to a hospital and released.
Hernandez-Sebastian remained in the Buchanan County Jail on Tuesday. A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for Feb. 23.