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“Very lovely girl’: Family of murder-suicide victim honors her life, working to help victims of domestic violence

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The victim from a murder-suicide in northeast El Paso, 24-year-old Monica Carazo, died Dec. 4

EL PASO, Texas -- Funeral services for the murder-suicide victim who was shot in Northeast El Paso began Sunday in Puerto Rico, where she's originally from.

The father of 24-year-old Monica Carazo described his daughter to ABC-7 as loyal and kind.

"She was always helping everybody, making everybody happy," said Rafael Carazo.

According to police, Carazo was shot by 32-year-old Carmen Aureliz Gonzalez Avendez of Ft. Bliss on the 4600 hundred block of S M Mellnick in northeast El Paso.

Avendez died at the scene. Carazo was rushed to the University Medical Center where she later died. Police described the incident as a family violence incident

According to Carazo's father, Carazo and Avendez were married in Puerto Rico and moved to El Paso where Avendez was assigned. The two separated shortly before the incident occurred.

"(Monica) was a person who always looked for justice, that was her first thing, love and justice," Rafael said. "She would do that with anybody that would have any... problem she would go and help."

Carazo's family plans on keeping her memory alive by stating a foundation to help victims of domestic violence.

"After this happened to Monica, it was like an angel and we got the message, we got a direction where to head to," Rafael said. " We want to have the foundation to help people to stop violence, violence in general, but mainly, violence in the families and violence between people including all kinds of genders."

"I love her so much." Rafael said. "I wish I could have her here."

The Carazo family is working to get the foundation up and running in Puerto Rico. They plan on bringing it to the United States in the near future.

Brianna Chavez

Brianna Chavez is an ABC-7 reporter/producer.


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