ANTELOPE — Flowers now lay where bullets flew – bullets that took the life of 28-year-old Jessica Chavez – right in front of her own house in Antelope.
“I don’t know how someone could do that to Jessica. She was just so sweet and loving and poured her heart out into everybody that she could,” said Molli Barnhart.
And as friends grapple with the shock of their loss, there are shocking developments surrounding someone she opened her heart to – the suspect in her murder – her ex boyfriend, Gildardo Ramos.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies say Ramos shot himself to death in an upstairs apartment on Sacramento’s 43rd Street.
It’s an apartment right above Wayne Murchison’s.
“It scared my kids to death. They didn’t know what was going on,”said Murchison.
Murchison says Ramos had been a quiet, ‘hi and bye,’ kind of neighbor for just a short time.
The father of two young girls had been watching sports all day so he hadn’t seen the suspect picture of Ramos that deputies released for broadcast.
“Are you serious? Whoa,” he said as his eyes popped.
And while investigators maintain they found Ramos’ body while serving a search warrant, Murchison says:
“I’m in there cooking dinner and we hear all this commotion. I thought it was a fight up there … and there was thousands of police up there,” he said.
For those who learned the art of making people feel beautiful from Chavez, while she was an instructor at The Academy beauty school, they can’t believe what’s been taken from the world.
“She had a lot of passion behind her and she was a huge inspiration to all of us,” said Barnhart.
It’s also hard for Barnhart to believe she may have spotted the signs of this tragedy coming.
“I had seen her with bruises and such before,” she said.
Neil Galimba taught alongside Chavez.
“She definitely touched all of her family and friends and students in a wonderful way,” he said.
Aside from expressing thanks for their daughter’s story being told, Chavez’ parents said by phone that they were too upset to speak publicly about their loss.
Ramos’ relatives asked that their family not be bothered when FOX40 called his father’s home in Colusa.
Friends say Chavez was recently dating someone new and looking forward to growing her skills in a new job.
Her life with Ramos, as seen in pictures and videos posted to Facebook, seemed to be fading.
But, as recently as August she posted a status that now seems chilling:
“Romeo and Juliet is my favorite story about how when you fall in love, it’s best to just kill yourself.”
“She didn’t deserve this. she was a sweet, sweet person,” said Barnhart. “She was only 28. She did not live the life that she should have lived.”