A man from West Phoenix shot his girlfriend in a homicide suicide

Family in mourning after a woman was killed in an alleged murder-suicide

The suspect in the incident was her longtime friend, according to members of Stephanie Saldana’s family.

A man and a woman are dead after an apparent murder-suicide West Phoenix.

According to Phoenix police, officials responded at 10 p.m. on June 9th at a house near 91st Avenue and McDowell Road and found a man and woman with gunshot wounds outside the residence.

The man, Cristian Galvez Chairez, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stephanie Saldana, 26, was taken to hospital where she later died.

Investigators said witnesses reported the couple were in a relationship and quarreling when Chairez shot Saldana before shooting himself.

The investigation continues.

Saldana’s family speaks up

On June 10, the von Saldana family spoke about the tragedy.

“Just something that cannot be put into words,” said Denise Hermann, Saldana’s sister. “The pain, the pain, and then he took the cowardly way out.”

Family members say Chairez is the father of Saldana’s children.

“The Buckeye police knocked on my door at three in the morning and asked who I was and how I was related to Stephanie,” says Hermann. “I never thought they would tell me she was killed.”

Family members also say that Saldana’s two children, 5-year-old Isaac and 3-year-old Isabella, have no idea what happened.

“It’s a heavy burden to bear, especially knowing that my niece and nephew and what they are going to go through and the pointless act that happened,” said Jonathan Esparza, Saldana’s brother.

Saldana’s death isn’t the only tragedy her family has faced recently. Seven months ago, Saldana’s mother died of breast cancer.

“Now we’re here. We’ve lost our sister and we have to wonder why,” said Esparza.

What led to the tragedy, Hermann believes domestic violence became an issue early on in the couple’s relationship.

“We’ve had incidents where we had to pick her up and he pulled a gun at her while holding the baby and it’s just one of those things that women are about – I can’t explain what they’re thinking.” what they’re going through, why they feel the need to stay here, “said Hermann.” She definitely had goals and she definitely had plans to get her kids right and get them out of a bad situation. “

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