- Christina Becerra was shot to death by her partner in Phoenix.
- Mark Chacón called the police to tell them that he had just killed his partner.
- Authorities don’t know so far the motive for the crime.
Christina Becerra was shot to death by her partner in Arizona, in one more case of domestic violence that has rocked the Hispanic community of Phoenix. The Homicide Division of the Phoenix Police Department (PPD) revealed details of the case that were shared by the murderer of the woman himself.
Last Saturday, October 9, 2021, the PPD’s emergency number received a call at 12:30 in the afternoon from Mark Chacón, who told them that he had just killed his wife Christina Becerra and that he was also about to shoot himself. However, the man said his name was Daniel Chacón.
Christina Becerra is shot to death by her partner
The relationship between Christina María Becerra, 50, was formalized only on July 24 when the woman herself made it known with a message on her social networks. However, Christina Becerra and Mark Chacón, 51, were not really married and were just dating; It is also not clear why he identified himself as Daniel Chacón.
Faced with the threat that the man had just done, the emergency number operator located the phone from which Chacón had called and sent several PPD patrols to the intersection of 17th Avenue and Chandler Boulevard streets, in the southeast of the metropolitan area. of Phoenix.
Police surround the home of Christina Becerra and Mark Chacón
The PPD agents who arrived at the scene outside the house from which Chacón had called, after declaring that he had killed Christina María Becerra. Several armed officers surrounded the home and asked the man to leave and surrender. However, no one responded to the demand of the police.
Given the seriousness of the case and the silence in which Chacón was, the agents decided to enter the house. However, when they searched the couple’s home it was too late. Christina María Becerra was already shot to death and so was Mark Chacón, who also called himself Marco Chacón and Daniel Chacón.
Why was Christina Becerra killed?
The Homicide Division of the PPD still has the case open, according to the spokesmen of the corporation, to know the details of the couple’s relationship and determine why Chacón decided to kill his wife Christina Becerra, who was a well-known nurse. in Phoenix, Arizona.
Presumably Mark Chacón, the murderer of Christina Becerra, according to a source who spoke with MundoHispánicoIn reality, he was still married to another woman with whom he had at least one daughter in the town of Cottonwood, in northern Arizona. In Becerra’s relationship with Chacón, there is no history of domestic violence.
Christina Becerra, one more victim of gun violence
The murder of Christina Becerra at the hands of her partner Mark Chacón is just one more link in the violence with guns. The non-profit organization National Archive of Gun Violence reports that so far this year 34,675 people have already been shot dead.
As of Sunday, October 10, 2o21 of those people who have been shot dead in the United States, a total of 15,997 were murdered and 18,678 committed suicide. 31,969 have been injured. The country already experienced 554 mass shootings in the first half of the year, where several people died in the same event.
Thousands of women suffer domestic violence in the United States
According to the nonprofit organization National Statistics on Domestic Violence (NCADV), the United States is experiencing a true pandemic of aggression, at various levels, against someone by their partner. Every minute, according to NCADV, 20 people are attacked by their partner in some way, including murder.
In the United States, one in four women and one in nine men are constantly subjected to violent abuse, causing them physical injury, emotion, trauma and anguish for the rest of their lives and even homicide. Women between 18 and 24 years old, almost always in their first serious relationship, are the most vulnerable and who report the most cases every day.
There is help for victims of domestic violence
The death of Christina Becerra allegedly at the hands of her ex-partner is within the national context of domestic violence cases. According to the non-profit organization National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in four women in the United States suffers from an abusive relationship with her partner.
According to that same organization, every minute an average of 24 people, men and women, suffer some type of violence, rape, harassment and intimidation by their partners. That makes a total of 12 million people a year being victims of domestic violence, like Christina Becerra in Phoenix, Arizona.
The signs of violence before the tragedy
The National Domestic Violence Helpline, which can be consulted online, has a series of recommendations in Spanish for people who suffer from partner abuse. The organization explains that there are different types of domestic violence and that the victim must learn to identify them, as in the case of Becerra.
According to the National Domestic Violence Helpline, according to its information in Spanish, it explains that anyone has the right to turn off their phone to be able to spend time with their family and friends without these activities having to anger their partner and no one can control someone else’s time even if they are married.
The State of Arizona Offers Help for Victims
The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) has a program called Domestic Violence Help Services in Spanish for Hispanic women in the state who need psychological help, shelters and legal advice with attorneys who worked free of charge for the victim.
“Our domestic violence program offers services that include mobile and community-based support services, legal advocacy, emergency shelter, and housing intervention services consisting of transitional housing and rapid relocation,” DES details in its services for Hispanic women.
Mature women also suffer dating abuse
Any Hispanic woman in her 50s who suffers domestic violence in Phoenix, like now-fatality Christina Becerra, can appeal to the nonprofit organization. Area Agency on Aging Region One (AAAPHX) which has a program designing for women of that age.
The Doves ProgramAccording to the organization, “it helps victims of domestic violence in old age (over 50) overcome the unique challenges faced by older victims when they try to protect themselves and leave their abusers. You can see a short video about the program and some of its success stories, ”he details on his website.
“Domestic violence is about power and control”
“Domestic violence is about power and control. It should never be confused with love, affection or respect. It is physical harm, but it can include verbal and emotional abuse. It affects all ethnic, religious, educational, occupational and socioeconomic groups, ”explains the AAAPHX on the details of the Doves Program.
According to the organization, any woman “of any age can be the victim of this devastating and demoralizing behavior.” The Doves Program Helpline is 602.264.4357. The aid services even have people around the clock to pick up a person in distress and take him to a safe place that is revealed only to the police.
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