Woman killed by ‘A-Train Ripper’ was struggling Jamaican immigrant, dad says

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The woman killed by “the A-train ripper” was an immigrant from Jamaica who was tragically driven to the streets by mental illness, her father told The Post.

The victim, identified by police sources and kin as 44-year-old Claudine Roberts, had been “a nice girl growing up” before mental illness left her homeless — and in harm’s way, said her dad, Winston Roberts, 73.

“It breaks my heart,” the father said from his Brooklyn home.

“She came here well-dressed on Wednesday,” he said of his daughter. “She was in pink shoes and a green jacket. Now she is in the morgue.”

Claudine — who had just gotten out of Bellevue Hospital amid her ongoing mental issues about a week ago — was riding the train when she was killed by a crazed homeless man early Saturday in a random slashing spree that also left an apparently homeless male straphanger dead and two more riders wounded, cops and her dad said.

Police identified the suspected killer Sunday as Rigoberto Lopez, 21, listing his current address as a Boerum Hill homeless shelter in Brooklyn.

“I’m happy they caught him,” Winston said of the suspect.

The dad lamented that his daughter was living in a shelter herself while struggling with mental demons.

Claudine had migrated from Jamaica when she was 7 and became a US citizen, her father said. The girl’s mother died in 2012, he said.

The youngest of four children, Claudine began to suffer from mental illness as a teen, he said.

“She started getting like this when she was in high school,” the dad said. “We had to take her to the hospital.”

“She was in Bellevue since January,” Winston Roberts said. “She just came out about a week ago. I said, ‘Claudine, you should do the follow-up and take your medication, or you are going to find yourself back in the hospital.

“She came to get her passport,” he said of her recent visit. “I said, ‘I gave it to you.’ Then she said she gave it to the woman at the shelter but the woman said she never gave it to her.

“I loved my daughter,” he said. “I tried to do the best for her.”

Police said Claudine was found dead in a pool of blood aboard an A train at the 207th Street station in Inwood in Manhattan shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday.

The body of the other fatal victim, a 57-year-old man, was found aboard the train at the Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway, Queens, around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Two other men were wounded in the attacks along the A line.

Police arrested Lopez in connection with the rampage — and law-enforcement sources said he had blood splattered on his clothes and was still in possession of the bloody knife when apprehended.

Winston Roberts said he learned of his youngest daughter’s death from cops.

“The police came and told me yesterday,” he said, adding one officer — “said they stabbed her.”

“My [other] daughter is just bawling and bawling,” the dad said.

“I loved my daughter,” he said. “I tried to do the best for her.”

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