Five Fresno Women Killed After Being Victims of Domestic Violence
Five women have been killed, allegedly by their partners in the city of Fresno this year. The most recent victim was murdered on Tuesday, allegedly by her estranged husband. Now her family, the Marjaree Mason Center and police want to bring awareness to the issue, hoping to prevent other murders.
The Fresno Police Department has a Domestic Violence Apprehension team which goes after domestic violence offenders, but they say the majority of the times, fatal victims of domestic violence did not seek help before they were murdered.
Xia Vang, Suzanne Noriega, and Martha Mendiola are among the five women who were killed, allegedly by their husbands and boyfriend within the last eight months in Fresno.
According to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, domestic violence never gets better and in every case there was an incident leading up to the murder that could have served as a warning sign.
“The reality is that’s usually not the first sign of abuse, it means that at some point along the way, there have been issues of control and maybe physical abuse if they’ve actually gone to the point where they have murdered their partner,” Nicole Linder with the Marjaree Mason Center said.