Saida Xiomara Bonilla Mejía, 40, was found with several gunshot wounds to her torso inside an apartment in Bedford Park, in the Bronx, this Saturday morning. In the incident, her nephews, ages 8 and 16, were also injured. Hours later, she was pronounced dead and police arrested a man who lived at the same address.
The shooting occurred at 226 East 203rd Street near Grand Concourse this Saturday at 5:00 a.m. When authorities arrived, they took away Saida to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 6:12 a.m. The two minors who were also injured were taken to hospitals for medical attention and are expected to survive. Some local reports identify Saida as a Honduran woman.
The New York Police identified the accused in the shooting as Rosvin Mejía Castillo, 37 years old. He and Saida lived together and were identified as boyfriends. The defendant barricaded himself inside a building a few miles near the crime scene. He was charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault and six counts of possession of an illegal weapon.
Neighbors spoke to The New York Post and stated that an argument between a man and a woman was overheard before the shooting. Her brother spoke to CBS about what happened: “She got along well with everyone, she didn’t know “I deserved this… when he was living with my sister, no one came to my sister’s house because of him… I don’t have words to express how bad I feel because I wasn’t here to protect my sister,” said Kalvin Mejía Reyes in said report.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline indicates that: “During the beginning of a relationship, it is not always easy to know if it will later become an abusive relationship. In fact, many abusive people seem like the ideal partner during the early stages of the relationship. Possessive and controlling behaviors do not always arise overnight and can manifest and intensify as the relationship progresses. Some signs of abuse in a relationship are: Telling him that he never does anything right. Showing excessive jealousy about the time he spends separately with his friends. Prevent or discourage you from spending time with friends, family or colleagues. Insults, demeans, or embarrasses you, especially in front of other people. Prevent you from making your own decisions, including about work or school. Control the household finances without discussing it, including taking your money or refusing to contribute to necessary expenses. Pressure you to have sex or perform sexual acts that you are not comfortable with. Pressure you to use drugs or alcohol. Intimidate him with threatening looks or actions. Degrading the way you raise your children or threatening to harm them or take away their children or pets. Intimidate you with firearms, knives, bats, pepper spray or other types of weapons. Destroy her belongings or her home.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers you a wanted list that helps you find help in your city. You can find it HERE, it only requires that you fill out a form for the city where you are seeking help and if you need assistance specific.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, it is important to seek help. There are many organizations that provide support and resources to victims of domestic violence. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a valuable resource that offers assistance to those in need. Additionally, local law enforcement agencies and community organizations may also offer support and guidance to individuals who are experiencing domestic violence.
In addition to seeking help from organizations and law enforcement, it is important for victims of domestic violence to have a safety plan in place. This may include identifying a safe place to go in the event of an emergency, having important phone numbers and documents readily available, and communicating with trusted friends or family members about the situation.
It is also important for friends and family members of individuals who may be experiencing domestic violence to offer support and encouragement. By providing a listening ear and offering assistance in finding resources, friends and family members can play a crucial role in helping victims of domestic violence seek the help they need.
In conclusion, domestic violence is a serious issue that affects many individuals and families. It is important for victims of domestic violence to seek help and support from organizations and law enforcement. By raising awareness about the signs of abuse and offering assistance to those in need, we can work together to help end domestic violence and create safer communities for all.
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