Daughters Return Home From Store To Find Their Mother Dead
A Brooklyn man is the prime suspect in a murder after he sent two young girls (pictured left) to the store while he was home alone with their mother (pictured right) and they returned to find her dead.
via NY Daily News
Two Brooklyn girls — given $8 by their mom’s former boyfriend to get food at a nearby chicken joint — returned to find their mother dead in a pool of blood, police sources said.
The two daughters, 5 and 15, left their Brownsville apartment around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday and headed to Crown Fried Chicken around the corner, police sources said.
When the girls got back 15 minutes later, they found a scene of unspeakable horror. Their mother, Sellis Gonzales, 46, was lying motionless on the floor. She was shot six times — three bullets to the head and three to the midsection, police sources said.
Khadija, the older sister, called her grandmother in North Carolina to break the news.
“My mother is on the floor covered in blood,” she told her grandmother, her voice shaking in hysterics.
Cops late Thursday identified the ex-boyfriend as Eric McCormick, 40, and said they were searching for the suspect.
The Gonzales family said McCormick is a cross-country truck driver who had abused his girlfriend in the past.
“We know it was him,” snapped Ursula Gonzales. “This was not the first time he hurt her. He’s a control freak. He’s controlling and abusive.”
The importance of taking heed to warning signs in an abusive relationship can never be stressed enough, especially when there are children involved. Our thoughts and prayers are with these young girls and the other family of this woman.