"She was just too good for this world," mother of domestic Violence victim Rosaura Hernandez-Barbosa

TUCSON, Ariz. - The family of 18-year-old Rosaura Hernandez is pleading to the community to step up and work together to make sure what happened to their daughter Sunday night never happens again. 

The mother, April Barbosa tells KGUN9 their daughter was picking up her belongings after breaking up with her live-in boyfriend Joshua Hilaire when she was killed. 

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The family has shared a series of messages from Rosaura asking to be picked up at the apartment on 22nd and Craycroft.

The mother and father drove over in less than 10 minutes, but there was no response at the home when they arrived.

Upon arrival, neighbors told the family that they heard a commotion and yelling coming from the apartment, but it was the downstairs neighbor that made the family take action.

According to the family, the downstairs neighbor said, "it sounded like people were moving and someone dropped something, and that was the last thing I heard."

That's when Rosaura's mother kicked in the window. 

Barbosa said, "I pulled the screen off and I opened the blinds and I saw her laying there. I dove through the window and went to her and hugged her because I could see that it was too late." 

Rosaura was known as a light and the biggest presence in the room. "Once her smile flashed - you were lost. You wanted to be in her life and talk to her because she was just full of gods love." 

Holding back tears - Barbosa says, her daughter was known as an angel by anyone who knew her. "She was just too good for this world she was only 18." 

"if she seen someone who needed help - she would help them. Anything that wasn't right to her she would speak up and she had no fear," said Barbosa. 

Rosaura known was known as the loud one, go-getter with the big heart. 

"She was so trusting. She believed everyone was like her and no matter how many times I tried to tell her that people have dark hearts, she just couldn't understand it because she didn't have that in her," says Barbosa.

Now Barbosa says, what she wants is for people to report any suspicious actions when it comes to domestic violence because it could have saved her daughters life. 

"I have no anger or hostility towards that woman and I hope she finds peace it's not her fault - it's his fault for what he did.

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21-year-old Joshua  Hilaire was listed Tuesday on the Pima County Jail website as being jailed on a $1 million bond.

There will be a benefit at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 13, at the Pep Boys at 1300 S. 6th Ave. to raise awareness about domestic violence.

If you would like to donate to the family Gofundme page, click here.  

 

 

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