Family Grieves Mother, Father Killed While Protecting Daughter From Her Ex-Husband

Isabel Gonzalez and her grandfather were also shot by her ex-husband Juan Carlos Fernandez

A family in City Heights is grieving after their mother and father were shot and killed while trying to protect their 21-year old daughter. 

Isabel Gonzalez and her grandfather were also shot by her ex-husband Juan Carlos Fernandez.

The shooting, which led to a standoff with law enforcement, occurred on Sunday around 9 p.m. on Marlborough Avenue in City Heights.

Gonzalez’s brother, Julian Gonzalez explained that his sister had divorced Fernandez, two years ago. She had also filed a restraining order against him in December, 2015 because he was violent with her.

On Sunday night, Fernandez showed up to the family home after learning that Gonzalez was dating someone else. Her family and boyfriend began fighting with Fernandez because he had been attempting to take Gonzalez away.

The shooting happened just after 9 p.m. Sunday in the 3800 block of Marlborough. NBC 7’s Ashley Matthews reports.

Fernandez returned to his car and took out a gun from his car’s glove compartment.

Gonzalez’ father tried to take the gun away from Fernandez but was shot in the head. He was in the hospital in critical condition and died from his injuries on Tuesday.

Gonzalez's grandfather was also shot but is expected to recover.

The 21-year old's mother had hugged her in an attempt to protect her from the bullets and was fatally shot. A bullet went through her mother and hit Gonzalez, fracturing a rib.

When negotiations with the suspect by police were unsuccessful, an officer, a 12-year veteran, fatally shot him.

The family told NBC 7 that Gonzalez has been blaming herself for the incident.

“She kind of feels that it's her fault that the guy just went out there and started shooting,” said Joel Lopez, Isabel’s brother-in-law. “We've been trying to calm her down, the guy was straight up crazy."

The family will be planning a funeral for their mother and father.

Both were identifed by police on Wednesday--42-year old Reyna Gonzalez and her husband Julian Gonzalez, 45.

If you would like to make a donation to help with funeral costs, go to their GoFundMe page.

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