As authorities still try to piece together what led Miriam Carey to try to drive past barricades outside the White House Thursday, prompting a chase that led to her death, her neighbors are speaking out about the woman they knew. Vivian Lee has more.
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Relatives of Miriam Carey left a modest townhouse in Bedford Stuyvesant Friday morning, on their way to Washington. Among them, one of Carey's four sisters.
Police had cordoned off the block to keep reporters at bay, but it turned into some stressful moments for a family grappling with tragedy.
Freddie Perera says he spoke with Carey's brother-in-law just before they drove off.
"He was telling the cops he wanted a car to back up to take the family to Washington to pick the body up. And they wouldn't let him in. So I had to ride around to talk to these cops on this corner and they called down there and let him in," said Perera.
Sources tell us the family learned through the media Thursday that the woman who tried to storm the White House barricades before crashing near the Capitol building just before police shot her dead, was one of their own.
Miriam Carey reportedly suffered from mental illness after her daughter was born and may have suffered from post-partum depression. But Perera says the one time he did see her last year, nothing seemed amiss as she carried her newborn.
"I know I seen her one time. She was getting in the car going to Connecticut seemed normal, had the baby laughing, everybody was laughing, having a good time. Just snapped y'know," Perera said.