Family: Murder Victim was Shot in Front of Child

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Family members of an Abilene woman who was shot and killed inside her home Sunday night speak out and urge other victims of domestic violence to get out before it’s too late.

Emergency crews found Sona Olivia Trucks, 40, deceased inside a home on the 1900 block of Clinton Street around 11:45 p.m.

Trucks was shot in the abdomen in front her daughter whose 11th birthday was one day after her mother was killed, according to family members.

Trucks’ boyfriend, Manuel Talavera, 45, was taken into custody in Hamlin and charged with murder just hours after a warrant for his arrest was activated. He’s being held in the Taylor County Jail on a $750,000 bond.

Court documents say a witness, identified by family members as Trucks’ daughter, told police Talavera was the man who fatally shot her mother.

She, “described watching [Talavera] hit Trucks in the head with a gun”, the documents reveal.

Trucks’ daughter then heard a gun fire then discovered Trucks had been shot in the abdomen, according to the documents, which say Trucks was deceased by the time emergency crews arrived on scene.

Danielle Rosales, Trucks’ sister, claims family members went over to Trucks’ house the same day she was killed and tried to convince her to leave her abusive relationship. Her attempt to get her sister to safety didn’t work because Trucks refused to leave.

Rosales spoke out to KTAB and KRBC, pleading with other domestic violence victims, saying, “Please don’t hide. . . if something is going on, please tell. Don’t be scared. . . if you are in the same situation, Please, PLEASE, leave.”

Hear more from Trucks’ family tonight at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m.

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