After the alert

Last Wednesday 23 year old Crystal Tijerina left her parents home and they were concerned about her. By Thursday a public alert was issued asking for reports of her whereabouts. It was believed she might be suicidal and armed.

She was heard from next when a report came in from her ex-husband’s home. A neighbor knew of the alert and had seen her enter the ex-husband’s home so he called police. She had showed up at the home in violation of a protective order against her. Police responded at 5:45 pm, but when they arrived she was gone. Police say that visit had been relatively non-confrontational. There was a 2 year old child in the home at the time and the ex-husband had family pick the child up as a precaution. The protection order also covered the child.

Less than 30 minutes later the boyfriend stumbled out of the home with a bullet wound to his neck and was seen by the neighbor. Police were called back to the scene. Tijerina had returned to the home and this time showed a handgun. As the ex-husband attempted to flee the home, she fired. Though the  ex-husband had heard a shot as he was leaving the home, police had to wait for a swat team to arrive. The swat team surrounded the home and as a precaution some neighbors were evacuated from their homes. But when police made entry to the home it was determined that Crystal Tijerina was dead, police say her death was at her own hands.

Police have announced that Tijerina’s family were not aware of any danger to her ex-husband. The ititial alert was from a concern for Crystal’s safety. There was concern that the ex-husband’s injuries might be serious because of the location of the wound, but he was taken to the hospital, treated and released.  

There was a history of previous domestic violence complaints. Crystal Tijerina was arrested several times in 2006.             

The majority of domestic violence seems to be perpetrated by men against women. More women die than men. But men do not go unscathed. Men do die from domestic violence also. In this one he was lucky and survived. But just like any other victim of domestic violence- he is left with the memory and the scars of that day.

I know it may not seem macho or manly. But men do sometimes need to take out protective orders. And men who do need to take that step also need to take precautions for their safety. Any time there is a dispute and one party of the dispute becomes suicidal, then the other party needs to take precautions.

This is purely speculation. The 2 year old child that has been mentioned has not been mentioned as her child. But I do wonder if the child was their child in common and if this was over a child custody dispute?



  1. Anon said,

    October 8, 2007 at 2:12 am

    “I wonder if the child was their child in common and if this was over a child custody dispute?”

    The answer to both question is yes.

  2. October 8, 2007 at 2:19 am

    Thank you Anon.

  3. Soobs said,

    October 8, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Thank God the man is going to be alright, and the child was unharmed.

  4. Caps said,

    October 13, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Don’t want to blame the “victim” here, but if you guys knew how much BS was pulled by him towards her, you probably would have shot him yourself.

    The real story here is what they were doing to eachother. The relationship was toxic to both of them.

  5. October 13, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    You know Caps, I hear that a lot. But what it usually comes down to for me, was did they try to murder anyone? In self defense or immediate defense of another, I can see it. But to search someone out, to hunt them down and try to murder them kinda makes me forget what the other “might” have been doing.
    The fact that the relationship was toxic to both does happen, probably quite a bit. But that doesn’t excuse either from attempting or actually killing the other. But as so often happens in a “toxic” relationship each tries to outdo the other by increasing retaliation. And in the end- both lose. And so do their children.

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