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?
Just after 5 p.m. Friday, Dallas police were called to an apartment complex on Willoughby Boulevard near Danieldale Park. When they arrived, they found 22-year-old Breauna Hill dead of “multiple sharp force injuries,” in the parlance of the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office. She’d been stabbed to death.
Police have taken into custody Hill’s common-law husband, 26-year-old Ismael Vergara, who’s at Methodist Central Hospital with self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest. After he’s discharged he’ll be booked into the Dallas County jail and charged with murder.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, when officers arrived they found the door to the apartment partially opened. They found Vergara standing in the living room with two 2-year-old children. Officers noticed there was blood on Vergara’s shirt.
They asked if there was anyone else in the apartment. Vergara motioned toward the back bedroom, where officers found Hill stabbed multiple times in her upper chest, neck, face and back. Defensive wounds to her hands and wrists indicate she tried to defend herself. The affidavit says there were “several knives on the floor” next to Hill’s body.
Vergara was taken into custody, and as he was being escorted to the squad car he told officers he believed Hill was cheating on him. The children were released into the custody of Hill’s next of kin.
A release from the Dallas Police Department says, “Vergara had no criminal history for domestic violence. There were no warrants or a protective order on file for the arrestee.”
The woman who initially called 911 said Vergara had phoned her and said he and Hill had “got into a fight with knives,” says the affidavit. Vergara told her Hill wasn’t moving. She asked Vergara if she should call an ambulance. He said no, and asked the witness to “help him” instead, says the affidavit.
Hill’s murder comes just days after police say Ferdinand Glen Smith gunned down his estranged wife, Karen Cox Smith, in the UT Southwestern parking garage after years of documented domestic violence.
On Monday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will hold a press conference during which he will “reflect on recent acts of violence,” according to a press release dispatched by his office last night. He’ll speak in the Flag Room at Dallas City Hall — prompted, says the release, by “the incident in Newtown and the rise in violent offenses in our community, especially domestic violence.” It’s unclear what Rawlings will say, specifically; the release says only that he will announce “plans for a strategy to reflect on our community’s role in dealing with these issues.”