Police call double shooting a murder-suicide
The family grieves saying they didn't see this coming.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An estranged husband lay in wait -- then ambushed and killed his wife. Police say he then turned the gun on himself. Amd a family is now coping with the tragic loss of a loved one.
49-year-old Maria Caroline Coleman is described as a caring mother, businesswoman, and good friend. "We're all in shock. We didn't (see) this coming at all," said Barbara Gonzales, the victim's niece.
The family can't believe what police had told them early Monday afternoon -- that Carolina's estranged husband -- 59-year-old Julio Cesar Velasco waited outside her business office until she arrived.
Police say he walked up to the car and shot her multiple times as she sat in the driver's seat. They say Velasco then turned the gun on himself. Both died at the scene.
9OYS researched court records and discovered that Carolina had petitioned for divorce in May. Family members say she had her own business, Taxwise by Carolyn, and would often help the less fortunate.
"She works with the community doing taxes. She would help them out doing immigration paperwork, helping them out to get a better life, a better economic situation," said Gonzales.
The family says Carolina had impacted many people lives and her tragic death will be felt throughout the community. And they believe they have a way to continue her legacy of helping others. "Everybody in the community knows her. Everybody. Especially in the 85705 area. Just keep her memories. Pray for her and we're going to try to keep on the business that she has," said Gonzales.
Police investigators say they believe the attack was unprovoked.