Apopka woman fights back against trio of attackers, fatally stabs 1, deputies say

Orange County deputies are not releasing much information about a deadly stabbing from Sunday

APOPKA, Fla. — A woman was stabbed to death after she and two others entered a home in Apopka on Sunday and attacked a woman who lives there, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said the woman who lives in the home fought back, fatally stabbing Hope Garcia, 31, while the other suspects -- a man and a woman -- fled.

Deputies said they responded to reports of a stabbing around 8:10 a.m. at a home on South Central Avenue, near Wheatley Elementary School.

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Bobby Scott owns the home on South Central Avenue near East 19th Street in Apopka.

“I've had incidents before, but nothing this major,” Scott said.

Scott said the only issues he has had with this tenant, who has only been here for a few months, have been “a few arguments about cleaning.”

Deputies said the victim knew at least one of the suspects who attacked her. They have not released any additional information about the two remaining suspects.

Deputies said the victim is cooperating with investigators.