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Woman killed in murder-suicide was denied restraining order

A mother-of-four from Massachusetts has been killed in a suspected murder-suicide, just days after a judge rejected her request for a permanent restraining order against her former boyfriend. 

Migdalia Perez, 47, and Jose Muniz Badillo, 49, were found dead from gunshot wounds in the hallway outside her third-floor apartment in the 200 block of Central Street in Gardner at around 4.30pm on Saturday.

Witnesses reported hearing an argument between the couple before gunshots rang out.

According to prosecutors, Badillo fatally shot Perez before turning the gun on himself. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Court documents obtained by Boston 25 News have revealed that just two days before her death, Perez requested a permanent restraining order against Badillo, telling a judge through a Spanish interpreter that she ‘feared for her life.’

She told the judge that while her ex-boyfriend of 10 years had not been physically abusive toward her, she was concerned for her safety because she believed he could turn violent.

The judge found her explanation ‘insufficient’ and denied her request.

Another judge last month granted Perez an emergency restraining order against Badillo after concluding ‘there is a substantial likelihood of immediate danger of abuse.’

In an affidavit, the mother-of-four described Badillo as a verbally abusive ‘alcoholic.’

On the day Perez moved out of the home she shared with her boyfriend, Badillo exploded in rage and proceeded to break ‘all the stuff left in the apartment dining room and living room.’

Perez added in the document that Badillo hinted to her ‘that he could do something to me and I’m scared of my life.’

Perez was back in court via audio conference last Thursday, seeking a continuance of that emergency restraining order, and ended up before a different judge who rejected her petition.

The two judges involved in Perez’s case have not been named.  

Perez is survived by her four children. Her daughter Minnievet Marrero has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the family with her mother’s funeral expenses. 

Badillo’s own daughter also started an online fundraiser, asking for donations to help send her father’s body to his native Puerto Rico for a ‘Christian burial.’ 

Meanwhile, the victim’s family are organizing a rally outside Perez’s home in Gardner on Wednesday evening to call for justice and raise awareness of domestic violence. 

‘I know my mom will be very proud that we are doing this,’ her daughter wrote on Facebook. ‘She had such a noble heart that I know she doesn’t want any other woman to die at the hands of another man!!!!’  

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