A tragic incident unfolded as a young mother was fatally shot when her ex-boyfriend allegedly broke into her third-floor apartment and opened fire on the occupants.
The suspect has been identified by Glendale, Arizona police as Ruben Xavier Rocha, aged 22. He has been charged with murder, burglary, and aggravated assault. Rocha surrendered himself to authorities on Monday.
It remains unclear whether Rocha has entered a plea or obtained legal representation to provide comments on his behalf.
According to the police, Rocha violated a restraining order and forcefully entered the apartment of Jordin Miranda Castillo, following a “social media disturbance” between the two on Sunday. Authorities have confirmed that Rocha is the father of Castillo’s child.
Rocha allegedly discharged his weapon, resulting in injuries to Jordin, 20, and two other individuals present in the apartment. During a press conference on Monday, Jordin’s brother, Elijah Castillo, described her as one of the strongest women he had ever known.
Jordin leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter who was present during the shooting but fortunately remained unharmed. A witness managed to take the toddler to a bathroom just moments before the violent act occurred, according to the police.
“Jordin was an amazing young lady who had a whole life ahead of her,” said Jordin’s aunt, Mercedes Castillo, while addressing the reporters. “Not only that, she was an amazing, amazing mother who went above and beyond to protect Malia even at the last moment of her life.”
Jordin was pronounced dead at the hospital, while the two other victims of the shooting are in stable condition, according to the police.
A GoFundMe campaign has been initiated to help cover Jordin’s funeral expenses. The description of the fundraiser alleges that prior to her death, Jordin’s family claims she was subjected to “harassment and stalking” by her ex-partner. The police have reported a history of domestic violence between the suspect and the victim.
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.