Friends have said that Samuel Elias Rodriguez, 34, and his wife Norma Villanueva, 30, have been married about 10 years though they were separated a number of times in the last couple of years. Some friends of the couple have said there was a history of domestic violence. The two were the parents of 4 children all younger than 10 years old.
Reportedly Norma Villanueva was taking her 6 year old child to a party at a friends home on Monday. Rodriguez was following her in another vehicle with their other three children. He stopped and dropped off two of the children at a relative’s home then followed her to the party.
At that residence he convinced Norma Villanueva to come outside to the driveway to talk. An argument escalated and he reportedly shot her in front of their 6 year old daughter. Reports indicate that the girl was no more than 10 feet away from her mother when she was shot.
Rodriguez then turned the gun on himself. Police received a report about the shooting at 1:11 pm and when they responded they both lying dead. Police have indicated the couple may have been separated or in the process of separating at the time of the shooting. The residence where the shooting occurred was the home of a friend of the couple, but reports indicate that there had been a falling out between the husband and the resident.
It is hard for me to understand how a person could agree to marry someone, stand in front of witnesses and swear to love honor and cherish them. Then to harm them.
And to be a parent to children, and do harm to the other parent in front of them.
4 children now orphans. And though they are now with relatives, who will love and care for them, that won’t replace parents. At a time when they need their parents the most, the parents are not there to comfort them.
A 6 year old little girl on her way to a party. When she saw her mother shot in front of her eyes, did she cry out? Did her father have a chance to look into her eyes and see the anguish reflected there?