Milagros Angelica Medina: LA mom-of-five stabbed to death by boyfriend in front of horrified children
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A woman’s life was cut short by her alleged boyfriend on the evening of September 30 in east Los Angeles, California. Sergio Villalobos-Jimenez allegedly fatally assaulted Milagros Angelica Medina, a mother-of-five, as her children watched in horror.
Law enforcement officials rushed to the 100 block of South Townsend Avenue at about 7.55 pm after receiving a call about an attack and discovered the victim with multiple stab injuries. She was soon transported to the hospital, where she succumbed to the wounds. Citing the 45-year-old woman’s relatives, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide detectives have said that Medina was stabbed by her 54-year-old boyfriend in front of her children – aged between three and 18, whose father died a few years ago due to some illness.
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Later, it was reported that Villalobos-Jimenez, who is apparently of Hispanic ethnicity, was arrested on Sunday, October 2. His bail amount has been set up at $2 million, the Sheriff's department added.
At the time of the horrific incident, a close pal of the 18-year-old was also present there, who told FOX 11, “It was really gruesome. Her five children saw it, [along with] her three-year-old son. There was a lot of blood splattered everywhere. The blood went onto him [the 3-year-old], and that's what really broke me.”
The friend, whose identity has been concealed, explained, “Her (Medina's) 11-year-old daughter tried to defend the mom. I thought it was really brave, but they (the children) shouldn't be going through this,” before asserting that the victim wanted to break off with her alleged killer.
Medina “just didn't want to be with him anymore because she didn't feel safe. She hadn't slept for three days straight, and she always told her kids to keep an eye on him to see if he would do anything to her. We do not feel safe at all,” the friend added.
Besides, a family friend of Medina, Lulu, has slammed the authorities as she said cops were earlier called to the same address related to a domestic disturbance but nothing was done at the time. She noted, “It's a shame the system is supposed to help us and unless they see blood, then they're not there. It's unfortunate that the police have to respond to a violent act for them to help when they've [family] called previously for the same type of violence and aggression at home."
“They [police] should be more readily available to help and offer resources to the community, to women that are reaching out and calling for help and unfortunately a friend passed away due to the act of violence at home by a so-called loved one.”
Lulu expressed her concern for the victim’s children. She shared, “It's unfortunate that now we have orphans, and they're being displaced out of their home because this man took their mom, and it's not fair. I didn't like the remark of the social worker when I disclosed some personal information about the children. I asked about the children's safety and if he was aware of certain information and if he was informed, and I said, 'Who's to say that man will not carry out the threats of where the children are going to,’ and he answered, ‘Well it could happen anywhere,’ and that is not acceptable for a social worker who should place them in a safe home.”
“The kids are the number one priority we have right now. I just hope with this act of violence that they give them the help, the psychological help,” she added.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has been created to help Medina’s children. The message on the page read, “My name is Mariana Maciel, I created this account to support my best friend Yareli Jiménez, Milagros Angelica Medina’s oldest daughter… I love you so so much and don’t forget that I will always be there for you and your siblings.”