A manhunt is on for a Florida man accused of killing his girlfriend, who is a mother of four, early on Christmas morning.
Relatives of 28-year-old Jessica Luna said that for a long time they had been suspicious of her boyfriend of five years, Jorge Gomez, North Carolina outlet WNCN reports.
“We kind of thought that this was going to happen one day, but she kept going back to him all the time and we couldn’t do anything,” the victim’s sister, Maria Luna, told the station.
Gomez and Luna lived in Tampa but had been visiting family in Durham, N.C. for the holidays at the time of her death. They were planning on returning to Florida on Dec. 26, according to WNCN.
But at 2:15 a.m. on Christmas morning, police responded to an assault call in Durham and found Luna dead in the home. Gomez was nowhere to be seen, but Maria Luna said her sister’s 7-year-old son witnessed Gomez shoot his mother before speeding off in his car, local outlet WRAL reports.
Gomez is currently on the run and considered “armed and dangerous,” according to a police news release. He may now be traveling through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, or Texas, a police spokesperson said in a Monday email to the News & Observer.
He is described as about six feet tall with a thin build, short brown hair, and a long goatee, according to the release. He was last seen driving a black 2016 Chevrolet 1500 Silverado with North Carolina license plate HEW-3881.
Gomez also goes by the alias Martin Benitez, according to the release.
Luna’s family has created a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral costs. The campaign had raised over $7,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Durham police at 919-560-4440, ext. 29335, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.
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