A grieving mother and sister are in disbelief over the murder of their loved one, a young woman allegedly killed by her boyfriend earlier this week at her apartment in San Diego’s Bay Terraces area.
“I never expected this. [My sister] is such a good person to everybody. No matter what, she has a smile on her face,” the victim’s sister, Shamika Gregory told NBC 7, holding back tears.
“Seeing her, touching her, that’s something that I miss,” added the victim’s heartbroken mother, Valencia Barnes.
On Monday, at around 3:45 p.m., police found Angelica Gregory, 22, unconscious in her apartment in the 6600-block of Doriana Street.
She had suffered contusions to her body and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her boyfriend, Martin Huey, 22, was at her home when officials arrived.
On Wednesday, police arrested Huey in Riverside County on domestic violence charges. On Thursday, the San Diego Police Department said those charges had been upgraded, and Huey is now being charged with the murder of Gregory.
According to Shamika and Barnes, Angelica and Huey had been dating off and on for several years. In an exclusive interview with NBC 7, they said Huey tried to isolate Angelica from her family. There had also been a history of violence in their relationship.
“Any man who hits a girl is a coward,” said Barnes. “He is a coward.”
Barnes said Angelica had moved to San Diego several years ago to escape Huey’s clutches and had recently gotten her life back on track. However, Huey continued to try to make his way back into her life. On Monday, before the murder, Angelica and Huey had gotten into another argument, Shamika said.
For now, that is all the family knows about how things unfolded leading to Angelica’s death.
Angelica would’ve celebrated her 23rd birthday on May 10.
Now, instead of preparing to celebrate her life, her family is preparing to bury her.
Shamika said she still can’t believe her sister is gone. She loved her deeply and said she would’ve done anything for her.
“My sister is my heart, my soul, my everything, my life. If I had to give a lung, I would. If I had to give her my last breath, I would. That is my world,” said Shamika.
Angelica will certainly be missed and her family will mourn for a lifetime.
“I have to explain this to my 7 and 8-year-old. Their aunt is gone. How you explain that to your two kids?” added Shamika.
Barnes said she wishes she could’ve saved her daughter. If she could tell her one thing, it would be this: “I’ll protect you. You don’t have to worry anymore.”
Huey is scheduled to be arraigned in court Friday afternoon on a first-degree murder charge. He’s being held at San Diego Central Jail.