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Mother Of 5 Fatally Shot By Nephew As She Tries To Break Up Fight At Baby Shower, Police Say
“I just told her I loved her and that’s it,” Beatrice Romo's son Joshua said as he held her.
A mother of five in California was gunned down by her nephew while trying to break up a fight at a baby shower, authorities say.
Beatrice Romo, 39, was shot and killed on June 30, according to the Sacramento Bee. Her nephew, Abraham David Bonilla, 37, was arrested and charged with her murder.
Romo was attending a niece's baby shower at the Elk's Lodge in Riverside with her son and daughter. Her nephew and another man started fighting, according to CNN. Romo went to break up the fight and was shot in the stomach, police said. Her son Joshua Romo ran to her aid and held her until help came.
“I just told her I loved her and that’s it,” Joshua Romo told KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. “I felt like she was in so much pain.”
Bonilla fled the scene and was arrested after he got into a hit-and-run, KCAL reports.
Another person was shot as well, police said, but he's expected to survive.
Romo's husband, Ronnie Romo, a rapper, was at the shower but left early to go to a performance. He said he spent 25 years with his wife, and now feels empty without her.
"I thought I was going to grow old with my wife," Ronnie Romo said. "That was my goal."
Her son remembered what his mother said to him just before she died.
"She just told me she was going to be OK on the gurney going into the ambulance," Joshua Romo told KCAL-TV.
She died at a nearby hospital, and the family is still reeling.
"I'm never going to forgive him for taking my mom away," daughter Daisy Romo said of Bonilla.
Bonilla is a convicted felon, KCAL-TV reported, and faces charges of murder and attempted murder. His bail was set $1 million.