A pregnant mother was murdered Wednesday afternoon in what police say was an apparent murder-suicide.
Vanessa Palma, who moved from Bayonne to Arizona seven years ago, and her unborn baby’s life were cut short by Matthew Padzunas, her husband, who shot and killed her in what Maricopa police say was a murder-suicide, ABC 15 reported.
According to her family’s GoFundMe page, Palma was five months pregnant with a fourth child and was originally from Bayonne, New Jersey.
“She’s an angel, they always say the good ones go first,” Palma’s older sister Jessica Caballero told ABC15.
Palma’s unborn child was named “Maeve,” according to the GoFundMe.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call 9-1-1 or the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence at 602-279-2900 or 1-800-782-6400. The Maricopa County Shelter can be reached at 480-890-3039. There are more resources online for both Arizona and Phoenix.