MINNESOTA'S 11TH CONFIRMED VICTIM OF INTIMATE PARTNER HOMICIDE IN 2020
Patricia "Pat" Ann Valley, 65, was shot and killed by her husband Neal Valley, 67, in their Ham Lake
home on April 29. Neal then shot and killed himself. Police responded to a 911 call that provided the address of Patricia and Neal's home and no other information. When officers arrived to the home they heard a gunshot from inside. Once police were able to enter the residence, they found the bodies of Patricia and Neal. Patricia "Pat" Ann Valley is survived by her two adult sons and three grandsons.
MINNESOTA'S 10TH CONFIRMED VICTIM OF INTIMATE PARTNER HOMICIDE IN 2020
Maria Fernanda Bliss Pew, 28, was strangled and killed by her husband, Joshua Fury, 28, in their Maple Grove home on May 2. Fury called police on April 30 to report his wife missing and allowed them to search the home at the time. Searches around the area were conducted over the following two days.
At this time, Maria's family and friends told police the couple had problems and that Fury was "controlling and possessive." Maria's mom stated her daughter was planning to leave Fury. During a search on May 2, a police K9 indicated the presence of human remains at the home. After a search warrant was issued, Maria's body was discovered in the crawl space of the house. Fury was arrested. He told police he did not harm his wife and blamed it on one of her former boyfriends. Later, Fury confessed to strangling Maria, putting a plastic bag over her head, and burying her in the house's crawl space.
He also told officers he attempted suicide after killing his wife. Joshua Fury has been charged
with second-degree murder of his wife, Maria Fernanda Bliss Pew.
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Physical abuse is not bound by age, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or nationality; it exists in all communities.
Women who are sexually abused by intimate partners suffer severe and long-lasting physical and mental health problems, similar to those of other rape victims.
The single best predictor of children becoming either perpetrators or victims of domestic violence later in life is whether or not they grow up in a home where there is domestic violence.
Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
A study of intimate partner homicides found that 20% of victims were not
the intimate partners themselves, but family members, friends, neighbors,
persons who intervened, law enforcement responders, or bystanders.
72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner;
94% of the victims of these murder suicides are female.
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