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?
A Berryville man was arrested in connection with violating a protective order just weeks before his ex-girlfriend was found shot to death in her Eureka Springs home Dec. 31, according to police and Carroll County Circuit Court documents.
Victor Acuna-Sanchez, 18, was arrested Dec. 9 on suspicion of violating a protective order Laura Aceves, 21, had taken out on her former boyfriend. He was released the next day without bond.
Acuna-Sanchez was also arrested Nov. 5 in connection with violating the protective order and theft of property, according to Carroll County Circuit Court records.
Police responded to Aceves’ home Dec. 31 after a neighbor found her shot and lying in a pool of blood, with the couple’s 5-month-old child nearby, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. She was rushed to Mercy Hospital in Rogers, where she was pronounced dead, said Sheriff Bob Grudek.
Aceves sustained a .22-caliber gunshot wound to her head. Acuna-Sanchez was later found hiding in his shower with a .22-caliber handgun on the floor. He was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief, Grudek said.
Grudek said authorities are waiting for lab results from the gun before potentially charging Acuna-Sanchez with murder. Acuna-Sanchez’s handgun was sent to the state crime lab to determine if it is the same gun that fired a bullet that was retrieved from Aceves’ head.
If lab results do not match the gun to the bullet by the middle of next week, Acuna-Sanchez could walk free and may flee the area, Grudek said.