A Texas mother was shot and killed by her estranged husband as she tried to protect her children last Friday. Police reported he was previously deported out of the country.
According to the Daily Mail, 36-year-old Veneranda Martinez-Guiterrez was sitting in her silver Mazda at the parking lot of a Valero gas station where she sold tamales around 5:30 a.m. when her estranged husband, Florencio Felix Barron Alvarez,43, approached the vehicle and fired several shots. Police reported two of their children were sitting in the backseat and one in the passenger seat during the shooting. Guiterrez died on her daughter’s lap and Alvarez was found dead after turning the gun on himself in front of her car.
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Austin Police Department Sgt. Tracy Gerrish said in a statement that she believed Martinez-Guiterrez died while shielded her children, aged 10 to 13, from the bullets. A neighbor said the couple’s daughter pleaded with her father to spare her mother’s life before the shooting.
“They tried defending their mom, and it got to the point where she just collapsed on her daughter’s lap.”
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Alvarez was deported back to Mexico in 2016 after he sexually assaulted a child but returned to Austin where he continued to stalk and harass Martinez-Guiterrez for months. She frequently contacted the police but nothing was done to prevent him from ending her life. A GoFundMe page was created to help Martinez-Guiterrez’s family with funeral expenses and her children are currently in the care of family members.
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