Friend: Woman shot and killed in Chickasha was trying to escape domestic violence
CHICKASHA, Okla. (KOKH) —
We're learning more about a woman shot and killed by her estranged husband in Chickasha.
Friends of the 31-year-old Rebecca Mae Ancheta Hernandez Mata and 32-year-old Julio Eduardo Hernandez Mata tell FOX 25 they were married in February and things began to sour soon after. Brandy McGown, Rebecca’s best friend and colleague, fought back tears as she recalled the tragedy that played out Sunday morning.
"I just want her back,” McGown said.
Rebecca and 31-year-old Juan Antonio Hernandez Gonzalez were found dead inside of a home Rebecca was currently living in with her two daughters, ages 4 and 11. According to neighbors, Julio had lived in the home until recently.
One neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told FOX 25 he just helped Rebecca change the lock on her front door and planned to also change the lock on her back door in the coming days.
YWCA Senior Legacy Officer Karla Docter says it’s important to keep in mind that no matter the situation, the victim, Rebecca, is not to blame.
"When somebody is fleeing a domestic violence situation, that is when the lethality rises, and so, something that's really important is getting them linked into community resources,” Docter said.
The YWCA primarily serves Oklahoma County, but they assist women in other parts of the state by connecting them with the resources available in their areas. Docter says it's critical that victims of domestic violence are aware of their options.
"Whatever it is somebody needs, if we don't have those resources, we know somebody who does,” she said.
McGown, meantime, hopes someone else can learn from Rebecca’s situation, but she also hopes Rebecca is remembered more for how she lived.
"She was amazing. She loved her kids. And it's a tragedy that they don't have a mother now,” said McGown.
Rebecca's two daughters are in DHS Custody.
If you or someone you know is an abusive relationship, the YWCA can help:
- Domestic Violence Hotline - (405) 943-7273
- State Safeline (800) 522-7233