Police remained on the scene for hours after investigators said a 29-year-old woman was stabbed to death in front of her four children inside her Bristol home early Wednesday morning.
Officers were called to a home on Cypress Street just before 3 a.m. after receiving a 911 call reporting a woman had been injured.
Police said when they arrived, they discovered a woman on the second floor of the home suffering from stab wounds.
The woman, who has been identified as Shenia Walker, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A short time later, officers found and arrested her 24-year-old boyfriend Mario Rivera of Bristol.
Rivera was charged with murder and four counts of risk of injury to a minor, since Walker's children were present at the time of the attack, but not hurt.
"I hope he hangs. I hope they do something to him. I hope he gets what he deserves," said Walker's aunt Lisa Brooks. "Why my niece? Why? She was good to him. Why?"
One of Walker's relatives told Eyewitness News she called her grandmother for help, saying Rivera was hitting her and was going to kill her.
"She was a lovely mom took care of her kids very well," said mother Ramon Brooks.
Walker leaves behind four boys, who are 9, 6, 2 and 1.
Police said the incident appears to be domestic related.
"We've recorded a number of domestic incidents where we responded to the residence involving the same couple," said Bristol Police Lt. Donn Watson. "One of them resulted in a criminal arrest."
Watson added it was Rivera who was arrested in that case.
"This tragedy emphasizes the importance of awareness-raising and prevention efforts regarding domestic violence and the services available," said Barbara Damon, executive director of the Prudence Crandall Center.
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Karen Jarmoc said that Walker's death shows that there is still work to be done in state in regards to domestic violence.
"Domestic violence is a serious public health problem and we must continue to facilitate conversations about healthy relationships and improve how we as a state respond to victims, ensuring that life-saving support services are available while also holding offenders accountable for their actions," Jarmoc said in a statement Wednesday.
Court files show Rivera has had about a half-dozen cases in the court system with most of them for driving violations and one for drug charges.
Rivera is currently being held on a $1.5 million bond and is expected to be arraigned at Bristol Superior Court Thursday.
For more information about domestic violence prevention and help, Connecticut residents can call the toll-free number at 888-774-2900 or the Prudence Crandall Center at 860-225-6357.
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