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Saturday, March 27, 2010

[TX] Anna Rodriguez was here. Officer's wife wanted a divorce, not death


The bodies of [Saginaw police officer] Mike Rodriguez, 52, and his wife, Anna, 50, were found inside their home in the 1100 block of Parkhill Avenue in Saginaw about 7:30 p.m. Monday... the couple's teen-age son arrived at the scene and tried to get into the house, but officers held him back. He was saying 'I want to see my mom,'"... Ms. Rodriguez had filed for divorce last week... Mary Lee Hafley, CEO of SafeHaven of Tarrant County, said a victim of domestic abuse has a difficult time leaving her abuser, especially if that person is in a position of authority. "It's very difficult for victims who are married to someone involved in law enforcement to reach out for help, because they feel like they can't contact their local police department," she said...

"AnnaMarie worked many years for HEB Harris-Methodist Hospital System. She attended the First Baptist Church of Saginaw and was a loving mother and grandmother..."

DEATHS CALLED MURDER-SUICIDE
Austin American Statesman. pg. B.3
May 10, 2006
[Excerpts] A police officer and his wife were found shot to death in their home in an apparent murder-suicide. Mike Rodriguez Jr., 52, and his wife, Anna, 50, were found about 7:30 p.m. Monday by fellow officers responding to a domestic disturbance call at the couple's home in Saginaw, a Fort Worth suburb. Anna Rodriguez had filed for divorce last week, police said. Officers were called to the home Monday by a woman expressing concern for her mother's welfare, based on a telephone conversation another relative had with the father minutes earlier, said officer Maranda Jordan, a Saginaw police spokeswoman. Jordan said Saginaw police have turned over the investigation to the Tarrant County sheriff's department... [Full article here]

SAGINAW OFFICER, WIFE FOUND DEAD
Star-Telegram
By Bill Miller
May. 09, 2006
[Excerpts]  The veteran police officer who was found shot to death along with his wife in their southside home Monday was remembered Tuesday as a decorated public servant and caring neighbor. Mike Rodriguez Jr., 52, and his wife, Anna, 50, were found at about 7:30 p.m. Monday by fellow officers responding to a domestic disturbance at the couple's home in the 1100 block of Parkhill Avenue... Amanda Summerhays, who lived across the street from the Rodriguez family, said she was shocked and saddened by the news. She said the family members were always cheerful, and they helped unload her belongings when her family moved to the neighborhood a couple months ago. "They just jumped right in," she said. "They were just wonderful people; always laughing and giggling over there"... "Forced entry was made to the residence, where two people were found," [Police Spokeswoman Officer Maranda] Jordan said. "Both were deceased, apparently from gunshot wounds." Summerhays said the couple's teen-age son arrived at the scene and tried to get into the house, but officers held him back." "He was saying 'I want to see my mom,'" she recalled, "but they said, 'You don't want to see her like this. "I about cried. It just broke my heart"... Jordan said Saginaw police have turned over the investigation to Tarrant County sheriff's detectives... According to Saginaw police, Rodriguez had been on the force since 1988. [Full article here]

SAGINAW OFFICER, WIFE FOUND DEAD IN HOME
Police: They argued before murder-suicide; she had filed for divorce
The Dallas Morning News
By Kimberly Durnan
Cynthia Vega of WFAA-TV contributed to this report
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
[Excerpts] A veteran Saginaw police officer shot and killed his wife and then himself after an argument at their home, police said. The bodies of Mike Rodriguez, 52, and his wife, Anna, 50, were found inside their home in the 1100 block of Parkhill Avenue in Saginaw about 7:30 p.m. Monday, after neighbors saw the couple argue in the front yard and heard shots fired in the home a short time later, police said. Ms. Rodriguez had filed for divorce last week, police said... Officer Rodriguez had worked for the Saginaw police force for 17 years, police said... Experts note that the nature of police work – control over and responsibility for others – along with easy access to firearms probably play a role in their heightened risk for murder-suicide the report says... Kristen Rand, legislative director for the Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center, said police officers have a high-stress job and a high rate of suicide. "Their job involves having to protect people and having control over people and making them do what they want them to do," she said. "When they don't have that control anymore, because of a romantic breakup, and they have access to a gun, those are ingredients for a murder-suicide." Mary Lee Hafley, CEO of SafeHaven of Tarrant County, said a victim of domestic abuse has a difficult time leaving her abuser, especially if that person is in a position of authority. "It's very difficult for victims who are married to someone involved in law enforcement to reach out for help, because they feel like they can't contact their local police department," she said... [Full article here]
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9 comments:

  1. I had posted on Anna in a police dv group I had at the time she was murdered and I'm moving her here.

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  2. It has been 4 years today. I love and miss you both!

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  3. It would be nice to know more about Anna. Feel free to email me.

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  4. AnonymousJuly 07, 2010

    It's very sad and I do wish we got to know more about Anna. My name is Anna Rodriguez too...

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  5. Annie RodriguezAugust 09, 2010

    This is the daughter of Anna Rodriguez. What is the "Behind the Blue Wall"?

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  6. Iam yhe daughterof both mike and ana rodriguez.this has been life changing for me. Hurt everyday knowing I cant speak with them..my name is carol lynn villarreal.my life I could say is like a bookthose who dont know could never say nthing. May God be with them.im hurt scared and angry but ll have the strength to overcome.i <3 u both

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  7. In 2 days, it will mark the 7th year since this tragic event.

    I remember it like it was yesterday.
    So many lives were changed on that day.
    So much I still wish I could do, even today.

    My Brother lost his 'in-laws'...(but we don't use that word).
    They were parents. They were all extremely close and spent every day together, with his wife and son.
    His beautiful wife lost her parents. She is "Daddy's Lil Girl"..and "best friend" to her Mom, Anna.
    A sixteen-yr-old boy was left, "parent-less"..all in one tragic, fatal day... and none will ever be the same.

    My niece and nephew lost their grandparents. My nephew was so young...my niece was just about to be born..she never got to meet her grandparents, though I think she sees them, sometimes. Their spirits are alive in so many ways, still today.

    Four boys lost their mother.
    Three girls lost their father.
    A mother lost her son.
    Countless other Aunts, Uncles, Cousins & family members lost someone.
    And we all lost a friend on that day.

    I remember the call. I remember the week following the event. I recall every detail, like it were yesterday.
    I've seen the events unfold, in the years following...how the 'emptiness' caused by their void has lead to other events...and how "pattern-interrupt-shift-changes" in entire lives' paths...by the chain of events that occurred...have completely 'carved out' new paths to be walked, by all those involved.

    We can't take it back.
    We can't make sense of it.
    I don't know if there ever really is... "coming to terms" with it.

    It happened.
    It's part of the fabric and tapestry of our lives.
    To some, it's a scar and a wound that will never heal.

    These precious Angels that were taken on that fatal day will, one day, be reunited with their families, in Heaven.
    I wish I knew a 'heart surgeon' that could heal the living...left behind to "pick up the pieces".
    Lives were forever changed on that day.
    We can't change what happened..nor make sense of it.

    I wish I could just HOLD everyone involved and just tell them,
    "It's going to be OK."

    I think many have had time to try to heal; though I know there are those quiet moments that "sneak up on you" and "catch you off guard"... There never will truly be "true healing"...but know that many people in your lives Love You...and pray for you, often.

    Anna had such a positive outlook on life; kind heart and loving, giving nature... If she were here today... she would tell you to embrace every moment and never take any moment for granted! To laugh..to sing..to dance..to live.
    She's off in Heaven, somewhere, right now...laughing and swimming with the dolphins and watching the sun set over the water's horizon. She's basking in the warmth of the sun's rays...and she hopes your heart, spirit and soul can be warmed, at the thought of that...and every time you feel the sun's glow on your face. She wants you to be happy. She wouldn't have it any other way. It was her nature to be happy..to laugh..to smile. It's how she's remembered...and how she wants you to live your life.

    I Love you Guys!
    Mike.. Anna..
    And all the beautiful family they leave behind!!
    You ARE family.
    No matter what.

    You're all in my heart... in my thoughts... and in my prayers.
    <3

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