Parents Die in Shooting with Kids Home Months After Domestic Violence Allegation

by San Eli News


Police in Arizona are investigating the deaths of a woman and man, found dead last week inside a Tonopah home months after the woman accused the man of domestic violence.

Deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports that two people had been shot at about 11:20 a.m. on August 20, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office tells PEOPLE.

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Inside the home, they found the bodies of Jasmine Licea, 39, and 41-year-old Michael Berumen.

Local reports indicate Berumen was the father of Licea’s children.

Phoenix’s KSAZ-TV reports that the five children were home at the time of the fatal incident.

At this point, officials have yet to declare the two deaths a murder-suicide, but say  there are no outstanding suspects.

Court documents obtained by KSAZ-TV indicate Licea accused Berumen of domestic violence in April.

The station reports Berumen petitioned for sole custody of his children, after Licea left Arizona and returned to her native New Jersey.

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A court order forced her to return to Arizona, and in court filings of her own, Licea claimed Berumen threatened her with a gun and that he was acting erratically because of his ongoing drug use.

The court dismissed the case after it appeared the couple had worked things out, the station reports.

Meanwhile, Licea’s friends have banded together to start a GoFundMe campaign aimed at helping Licea’s children.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.