Yakima woman murdered in Memorial Day stabbing

Yakima woman murdered in Memorial Day stabbing

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima Police say a local man murdered the mother of his child while their infant was lying on a bed just a few feet away.

Police said Monday evening a call came in to 911 of domestic violence.

When they got to 43 West Viola Ave., they found 21-year-old George Anguiano outside the home with blood on his hands. Inside, officers discovered the body of Veronica Recio lying on her back in the bedroom, stabbed in the chest, head and neck.

Police said they pulled the knife from Recio's neck in an attempt to perform CPR and try to save her life, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

“There was some sort of altercation, some sort of argument that led up to it," Yakima Police Spokesperson Mike Bastinelli said. "That obviously escalated to where it ended in a homicide."

Police reports said Anguiano's parents discovered the body and called 911.

Recio and Anguiano lived together with their infant child. Police said the baby was in the same room during the violent killing.

According to police reports, Anguiano confessed to killing Recio, saying they'd argued about needing space in the relationship. Police said Anguiano told them he got mad, choked Recio, used a stun gun on her and then stabbed her multiple times.

Police said there's been previous trouble at this home before. They said they responded months ago to a domestic incident and Anguiano was charged with a misdemeanor.

“My understanding there's a history here," Bastinelli said. "A few months ago police were called to that residence, it appeared there was some sort of argument that led up to it, what precipitated that argument we don't know."

Those who work with victims of domestic violence in the area say it didn't have to end this way.

“You know anytime someone is murdered in our community it's not a good thing, no matter how it happened," YWCA Executive Director Cheri Kilty said. "So I would just really reach out to anyone who is in an abusive situation and invite them to contact us. We are here for you and we want to help you have a safer, more happy, loving life."

The YWCA has a shelter for those fleeing domestic violence. Those in need of help can contact their crisis hotline anytime at 509-248-7796.

Anguiano is charged with first degree murder.

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