Man who murdered pregnant woman now charged with first-degree premeditated murder

Unborn baby does not survive

By Dave Andrusko

Thierry Nkusu, left, has been charge in the fatal stabbing of Maria Mbunga, right, in Takoma Park, MD. (Takoma Park Police Department photos)

Thierry Nkusu, left, has been charged in the fatal stabbing of Maria Mbunga, right, in Takoma Park, MD. (Takoma Park Police Department photos)

Last Friday NRL News Today wrote about a horrific crime in which a pregnant Maryland woman was stabbed, killing both Maria Veronica Mbunga and her unborn baby.

Thierry Nkusu, who was said to have a relationship with Ms. Mbunga, initially told police that he, too, was a victim of a masked intruder, but his story soon fell apart.

Now, according to the Washington Post’s Dan Morse, Nkusu, 33,

stands charged with first-degree, premeditated murder in the death of Maria Veronica Mbunga, which is punishable by life in prison. Nkusu was originally charged with second-degree murder, prior to the autopsy findings.

Morse reports that this autopsy report, part of a new police affidavit, found that Ms. Mbunga had been stabbed seven times in the neck, chest, and abdomen. After a hearing Monday, Nkusu is being held without bail.

Nkusu is from Congo and Mbunga had relatives in Angola, according to Morse. She was 36 and had worked as a school bus driver for Montgomery County public schools since 2007.

In a follow up story, Morse interviewed friends who were “baffled that anyone could viciously attack someone such as Maria Mbunga.”

“As far as being an extrovert, she was off the scales,” said Monique Gomillion, her boss at the West Farm Bus Depot in Silver Spring, Maryland.

“She just had that glow,” Gomillion told Morse. “She was a beautiful person.”

The baby’s age has not been mentioned in any of the news stories. We only know he or she was Mbunga’s first.

“She was ecstatic about her first pregnancy, beaming with excitement,” Morse wrote. He ended his most recent story

Students and parents at all four schools Mbunga served were told of her death. The amount of details shared, according to a school spokesman, varied with the ages of the students.

“A lot of them were crying,” Gomillion said. “How do you explain something like this to kids, when you can’t explain it to each other?”