Showgirl recalls how the Las Vegas stabbing spree began


A Las Vegas showgirl who witnessed the murder of Maris DiGiovanni last week, says she was there. Maris died from the injuries sustained after being stabbed in both the heart and torso. 

Anna Westby (26 years old) claims she was stabbed in her back during the unprovoked rampage. She spoke to Inside Edition from the hospital bed where she’s recovering from a punctured lung.

“[The suspect] said that he was a new chef, that he had created this new brand of knives with his chef business and he had asked them to take a photo with his logo. And I gave [Maris] that look of like, ‘Is this too much?’ And as soon as I looked at her and we exchanged that look, for a moment, did not say anything, he grabbed the knife and stabbed Maris directly in the heart,”Westby claimed.

Westby and DiGiovanni earned extra income as showgirls while posing with tourists.

“I laid my head on the cloth on the wound on her chest. But when I laid down, it was when I realized that she was gone. She wasn’t breathing,”Westby claimed.

Two days prior to the attack, Yoni Barrios, the accused killer, walked before Telemundo’s camera crew asking for help because he had everything.

Victoria Cayetano, another showgirl, was also stabbed during the rampage. 

“He just took out his knife and he just attacked us,” Cayetano said.

Both showgirls work for Cheryl Lowthrop, who owns BSV Models.

“He’s stabbing total strangers and taking beautiful lives,”Lowthrop stated. 

The suspect remains in jail without bond. 

A GoFundMeA page has been created for survivors.

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