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Crime Man who slayed S.A. mom at home with kids inside, then turned gun on self is identified

00:06  30 december  2017
00:06  30 december  2017 Source:   mysanantonio.com

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The 48-year-old San Antonio man who fatally shot a San Antonio caterer and then turned the gun on himself Wednesday has been identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner' s Office. Mark Edward Espinosa, 48, shot 46-year-old Linda Vela sometime Wednesday morning at her home in the 5000

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The 48-year-old San Antonio man who fatally shot a San Antonio caterer and then turned the gun on himself Wednesday has been identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office.

Mark Edward Espinosa, 48, shot 46-year-old Linda Vela sometime Wednesday morning at her home in the 5000 block of Sunset Glade. Vela's 10- and 14-year-old sons were in the home at the time of the shooting.

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The older son went upstairs to check on his mom and Espinosa, her boyfriend, around 1 p.m. and found them both dead from gunshot wounds.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office on Friday said Espinosa's cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, indicating he first shot Vela then killed himself.

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Man who slayed S . A . mom at home with kids inside , then turned gun on self is identified . The 48-year-old San Antonio man who fatally shot a San Antonio caterer and then turned the gun on himself Wednesday has been identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner' s Office.

Relatives told the Express-News that Vela and Espinosa's relationship was contentious and that she had recently kicked Espinosa out of the house, but allowed him back in for the holidays.

In the weeks leading up to the tragic slaying, friends had warned her of the danger that Espinosa posed to her.

"My wife warned her, just get him out of the house," said Theodore Martinez, 51, a family friend who described the last moments of Vela's relationship as tumultuous. "She (Vela) found a single shot revolver in his possession. ... She took it out of his truck and hid it out in the house."

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A young boy found his mother and father dead from an apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. © Caleb Downs / Caleb Downs A young boy found his mother and father dead from an apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017.

Hours after her death, a GoFundMe account was set up by a family friend to help pay for Vela's funeral expenses and to provide for her three youngest children, who are now in the care of her eldest daughter.

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The neighbor, who did not want to be identified , also said that the family had lived in the home for about a year and a half and that Aurelia had had health issues prior to her death, 'because the ambulance has been over here three or four times to pick her up.' In a note posted on social media

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Nina Duran, 36, publisher for La Prensa newspaper, said that Vela lived her life to the fullest and sought to inspire others through her life motto, "The power of you."

"She wanted to be a motivational speaker, that was her dream," Duran said, adding that Vela confided to her how she wanted to start a business, to train potential leaders through self-determination.

A young boy found his mother and father dead from an apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. © Caleb Downs / Caleb Downs A young boy found his mother and father dead from an apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017.

"She was talking about this, how powerful we each are," Duran said. "Smiling, empowering each other...putting forth your best you."

*Staff writer Alexandro Luna contributed to this report.

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Caleb Downs is a crime reporter for mySA.com. Read more of his stories here.| cdowns@mysa.com | Twitter: @calebjdowns

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