Lindsey Eastridge poses with her sons Madden and Nixon in a photo posted to social media. Eastridge also had two stepchildren.

The heartbreaking case of a young mother, brutally stabbed to death at an east Mesa nail salon three weeks ago as witnesses watched, remains unsolved as Mesa police continue their investigation.

Detectives are working under the theory that the attacker probably knew Lindsey Eastridge, noting that other women were present when he walked through the front door of Premier Nails and Spa on Feb. 2 and stabbed her, said Detective Steve Berry, a police spokesman.

Eastridge, a mother of two small boys who also had two stepchildren, was a customer at the large salon, in the 9000 block of East Baseline Road, near Ellsworth Road.

“We don’t necessarily believe this was a random act,” Berry said.

Officers arriving at the salon at 7:30 p.m. saw Eastridge lying on the floor and the front door locked. The officers broke the door and attempted to help Eastridge, but it was too late to save her, Berry said.

Police eventually determined that the attacker entered and exited through the front door and that the women who witnessed the attack locked the front door to keep him from coming back. The witnesses then fled out the back door.

Berry confirmed that police obtained surveillance video but he said he is not allowed to release details.

“Certainly, the video is crucial piece of evidence in solving the crime,” he said.

The slaying shocked and saddened Eastridge’s family and friends. She left behind her two small boys, her stepsons and her husband, Brendon Eastridge.

“She was more than a beautiful soul. She was fierce and passionate and loved with everything in her,” according to a GoFundMe page established to aid the family and to raise money to pay for Eastridge’s memorial services. “She was a protector of family and friends.”

Donors moved by the family’s plight have contributed more than $16,000 toward a $25,000 goal.

“Lindsey was such a kind compassionate person and so much fun to be around. I’m truly grateful for the time I was privileged to spend with her,” one friend wrote. “I will miss seeing her beautiful smile and passion for life. Gone but never forgotten!!!”

Eastridge worked at Chandler cardiology office, according to a Facebook page. It showed photos of a beaming Eastridge in pictures with her husband and her children.

Berry requested that anyone with information about the slaying call police at 480-644-2211 or 480-WITNESS.

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