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Impact recent murder-suicides have on families who've gone through something similar

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Posted at 5:04 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 09:44:32-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Tucson Police Department has investigated three different murder-suicides so far this year.

The first happened on January 25th, 2019, the second in February of this year and the third in March.

Tucson Police confirmed all three were domestic violence related - something domestic violence groups say go hand in hand all too often.

"When there's a murder in an intimate partner relationship for us that is really the ultimate form of domestic violence in that other tactics to get their partner under control in their perspective don't work then that might be kinda their ultimate way to exert that control, is to then end their life," said Ed Mercurio-Sawka, the CEO of Emerge!

Mercurio-Sawka added many times recent murder-suicides can also be triggering and harmful to those who have gone through something similar, people like Annette Sisson.

Sisson lost her daughter, Jazmine Willock, in a murder-suicide in January of 2018.

"I had to find my daughter she was not alive anymore, he shot her," said Sisson.

Sisson added seeing other people go through what her daughter went through more than a year ago has a lasting impact her.

"It breaks my heart when I see another story," she said, "It's hard, it triggers you."

Both Sisson and Mercurio-Sawka urging anyone who finds themselves in a situation involving domestic violence to get help in some sort of way.

Emerge! offers help at 520-795-8001. There is also a 24-hour crisis line available at 888-428-0101.