A memorial service is being planned for Post cereal heiress Nedenia Post Dye, a friend on the Honduran island where she was slain said Sunday.
"It won't be a small group of people," said Kent Burnes, a resort owner on the island of Roatan. "Nedenia was a friend to a lot of people on this island."
Dye, 46, was a descendant of breakfast cereal inventor Charles William Post and the great-granddaughter of Marjorie Merriweather Post, whose 177-acre Gold Coast estate was converted into the C.W. Post Campus for Long Island University in 1955. The Brookville campus today is known as LIU Post.
Dye was found stabbed in her room Dec. 22. Police have arrested a local musician they said was captured wearing blood-soaked clothing as he tried to flee in Dye's car. Police said he told them he and Dye had been romantically involved.
The suspect, Lenin Roberto Arana, maintained his innocence, telling reporters, "Nedenia was like a mother to me. She protected me."
Burnes said that Dye had lived for 15 years on Roatan, an island of about 60,000 people off the Honduran coast with a sizable American expatriate population. She lived modestly, he said, driving a late-model Mazda that was one of the few indications of wealth greater than her neighbors'.
She owned a business, Spa Baan Suerte, that catered to visiting cruise passengers and employed local women.
Dye also organized benefit concerts for local causes, Burnes said, and helped fund training for island youth who played soccer. "She had this huge heart and she was always fighting for the underdog."
Honduras has one of the highest per capita homicide rates in the world, though Roatan and other tourist destinations have lower crime rates than other parts of the country.
Since 1995, according to the State Department, 115 U.S. citizens were reported murdered in Honduras; of these, just 32 cases have been resolved.Three U.S. citizens were reported murdered in Honduras between January and Sept. 2013.With AP