A compilation of daily news articles from around the United States about deaths (including both people and animals) that appear to occur in the context of a past or present intimate relationship, focusing on 2009-present. (NOTE: this blog is limited to incidents that appear in the media and are captured by our search terms. We recognize this is not an exhaustive portrayal of all deaths resulting from intimate violence.)
When is society going to realize intimate violence makes victims of us all?
Juan Enrique Torres had ample opportunity to think things out before confessing Thursday afternoon to stabbing Rockwall teen Surie Baeza two days earlier.
Turns out, he was in the Rockwall County Jail after a traffic arrest Wednesday night.
Torres, the estranged boyfriend of Surie’s mother and the father of Surie’s 7-year-old sibling, has now been formally charged with murder. His bail was set at $1 million.
The 41-year-old was pulled over by Rockwall police after driving onto a controlled access highway and was also charged with driving with a suspended license. He was booked into the jail just after 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Surie, a freshman and band member at Rockwall-Heath High School, was stabbed multiple times Tuesday afternoon in her home in the Lake Rockwall Estates subdivision. Some of her wounds indicated she tried to defend herself.
Torres, who had access to the family’s home, was interviewed after the slaying but was not labeled a suspect or even a person of interest after cooperating fully. He had served probation on a 2008 domestic violence charge.
Surie and Torres lived in separate homes in Lake Rockwall Estates, a 50-year-old subdivision and home to 2,800 mostly low-income residents. It was surrounded by the growing city of Rockwall and annexed in 2009.