South Bay woman killed was domestic violence victims' advocate

Posted at 6:10 PM, Feb 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-06 09:48:24-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Co-workers are remembering a woman who was killed last week in a Chula Vista home.

Chula Vista police say they believe Patricia Garcia was shot to death by her niece's boyfriend on Feb. 2. Her niece, Aura Mancilla, was also killed.

According to a GoFundMe page set up by her family, Garcia worked at South Bay Community Services (SBCS) as a domestic violence advocate. Garcia's co-workers said she was part of an on-call team who helped families in crisis.

Garcia worked for SBCS for 12 years.

"She had the ability to empathize and to really understand how complex relationships, families, just the stress of our lives and what we go through," said her co-worker Pat Wright.

Police say the suspect in the case was found in Norwalk hours after they found the women dead. He died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A GoFundMe page was also established for Mancilla.