The wife of Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo is accused of murdering her husband. She claimed to have been defending her teenage son from physical abuse by her husband, Daniel. Levette Crespo ends domestic violence with a gun.
Last Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Daniel and Levette Crespo were arguing about finances in their Southern California condominium. When the couple’s 19-year-old son attempted to intervene he was reportedly punched in the face by his father. Levette retrieved her husband’s gun and allegedly shot him in the torso several times. Daniel died on his way to the hospital; Levette and the 19-year-old man were treated for facial injuries.
A source close to the family told authorities that Levette had been a victim of domestic violence and abuse since the early days of their relationship. They had been together for 28 years. The source wasn’t certain when the abuse began for their son, but he believed it was the last four years. There is no record of a report to the authorities citing any incidence of domestic violence.
Her lawyer, Eber Bayona, said in a statement that domestic violence and battered wife syndrome are at the center of this case. He believes that no charges will be filed against Levette.
William, Daniel’s brother, told CBS Los Angeles that he had never seen him strike his son. He also said that money had become a large issue causing increased friction between the couple. He believed they were headed for a divorce.
The Crespo family moved from New York to Bell Gardens in 1987. Daniel worked as a deputy probation office for 15 years, became a member of the city council in 2001, and was elected mayor just last December.
This case is not shocking, but it should be. Domestic violence in the United States is a serious problem. It is seldom discussed, and most cases are never reported.
Recent reports regarding NFL players have pushed the issue to the front page of the news; now professional football has an opportunity to take the lead on this very serious and important matter. But, will they? That remains to be seen.
Here are the facts as reported by ‘safehorizon.’
Women are at the greatest risk of becoming victims between the ages of 20 and 24.
One out of every four women will endure domestic violence at some point in her life.
Women are most likely to be killed by an intimate partner.
Each year in the United States one out of every three women who becomes a homicide victim is murdered by a current or former partner.
Children who live in homes where there are incidents of domestic violence become victims themselves. The estimate is between 30 and 60 percent.
Each year more than three million children are witnesses to domestic violence in their own homes.
Children who witness abuse are more likely to have health problems.
Children are very likely to intervene when they witness violence against a parent, and often become victims themselves.
Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness.
There are no statistics regarding the number of cases which go unreported, but it is believed to be in the tens of thousands each year. Families are likely to hide their ‘dirty little secret.’ Assumptions are frequently made that the abuser ‘will eventually cease his violent actions.’
Now is the time for this horrific malady to end. As the subject disappears from sports shows and articles about NFL players, it must be kept in the headlines. Only facing domestic violence in a direct and honest fashion will put an end to the problem.
Levette Crespo ended her domestic abuse with a gun. It never should have come to such a gruesome end.