Between 30 and 40 people attended a rally in San Francisco Friday to mourn death of Magaly Iglesias, who was fatally shot by her husband during a domestic violence dispute early Sunday morning, and to raise money to pay for her funeral, according to Ahsha Safai, a spokesman for the Janitors Union, SEIU Local 87.
Iglesias, 33, had been a member of the janitors union for five years and worked for ABLE Janitorial Company in San Francisco, according to the union.
Union organizers have raised more that $1,000 so far to help the couple’s three orphaned children pay for their mother’s burial, according to Safai.
Iglesias, who was originally from Nicaragua, lived with her husband and three children in unincorporated San Pablo.
The couple had reportedly been engaged in an ongoing domestic violence dispute when Iglesias’ husband, 46-year-old Jose Benedicto Mejia, shot her and then shot himself.
The couple’s 17-year-old son reported the incident at about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, according to Contra Costa County Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the couple’s home in the 200 block of Heather Drive in the unincorporated Contra Costa County, they found Iglesias dead and Mejia critically injured. He died from his self-inflicted injuries the next day, Lee said.