Members of Anne-Marie Farrow's family have no time to grieve their loss. They face more pressing matters, like her 10-year-old daughter, suddenly left alone.
Police say they believe the little girl heard a scream early Saturday, then found her mother, 41, lying motionless in bed, with her father, Robert, next to her, holding a bloody knife and shaking.
Robert Farrow, 45, remains in Orleans County Jail, facing second-degree murder charges in his wife's death.
"There's no animosity, there's no hatred, just love for a little girl who lost her mother," a man who identified himself as the victim's brother said Monday. "We want to protect her from this as much as we can."
Farrow reiterated his not guilty plea Monday before Orleans County Judge James P. Punch. His next court appearance was scheduled for next Monday.
After coming upon the scene, the girl, who is staying with relatives in Monroe County, called 911 to get help for her mother.
Several neighbors described the couple as quiet, but apparently content with each other. Anne-Marie Farrow, they said, seemed devoted to her husband. Relatives recalled seeing the two holding hands and acting like newlyweds.
Roosevelt Washington, Robert Farrow's stepfather, said he had spoken with his stepson after driving from Florida upon hearing what had happened.
"He was crying and saying he was concerned about their daughter and what effect all this may have on her," Washington said.
District Attorney Joseph Cardone said police believe the couple argued just before the killing. In a signed statement, Farrow told police he stabbed his wife because he believed she was leaving him.