A New Orleans woman was stabbed to death by her friend’s jealous boyfriend who also repeatedly stabbed her 9-year-old daughter when she tried to protect her mother.

The mother, identified as 33-year-old Kimbreyelle Lucas was attacked at her home in the Seventh Ward at around 6 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, by 35-year-old Steven Grant, who barged into the home through a back window.

Kimberyelle’s daughter Nila Lucas, suffered multiple stab wounds while trying to save her mother.

Kimbreyelle later died at a local hospital, authorities said.

"Knowing that she died at the hands of someone else. I can't accept that," her cousin, Daveal Hughes said Friday, WWL reported.

"I'm mad, I'm upset. He took something from us," Hughes said.

Hughes said Grant, the jealous boyfriend of Kimbreyelle’s friend, went into her home through a back window, past the child’s room, and confronted her about looking for men with his girlfriend.

He then stabbed Kimbreyelle. Nila, who heard her mother’s cries, grabbed a kitchen knife and rushed to her rescue.

The child stabbed Grant and he stabbed her back before fleeing the scene.

According to the neighbors, Nila walked down the street bleeding and looking for help before collapsing on Claiborne.

"She has a major gash in her face," Hughes said.

Nila has to undergo 12 surgeries but the little girl is strong, her family says.

"When we talk to her she was still happy," Hughes said.

Grant showed up at the hospital Thursday morning with multiple stab wounds. He is in police custody and is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital, the outlet reported.

Hughes said that the police informed the family that Grant was on probation for shooting his girlfriend three years ago and has multiple warrants to his name.

"They said to our family that he's extremely dangerous. I know he has done something of this caliber before and he was never stopped," she said.

Since Grant is recovering at the hospital, no charges were filed against him at the time of this writing.

"We are deeply saddened by the recent news of the tragedy involving our students and their mother. The family has been members of our school community for several years. They are amazing and bright students that light up our classrooms with their smiles. We are heartbroken and their family has our deepest sympathy, prayers, and condolences. We have school counselors providing support to students and staff as they process this sad news. We are family and we will cope with this grief together as a school family," KIPP Leadership Primary School principal, Jennie Seckle said in a statement.

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