A University of California Irvine graduate, Brian Benedict, is being charged with shooting and murdering his ex-wife over a custody dispute. The ex-wife had recently gained primary custody of the child, while the husband was ordered to pay child support.
The victim, Rebecca Benedict, was attacked by Brian Benedict when she went to his campus apartment to pick up their 4-year-old son. When Rebecca entered the apartment Brian became enraged and swung a hammer at her as their son watched. He then chased Rebecca with a fire-arm. Brian shot Rebecca several times before he went back inside the apartment, got the child, and put him in his car. Witnesses intervened and restrained Brian until the police arrived.
According to the City of Santa Ana website, in California it is a crime to threaten, assault, sexually violate, or otherwise harm another person. Included are spouses, ex-spouses, parents, lovers, and dating partners. Report any incidents of abuse to the police department immediately. Santa Ana has a full time victim assistance specialist who will assist victims with temporary shelter, medical treatment, resource information, and more.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, the city of Santa Ana recommends you go to a safe place and call 911 immediately. Please visit the City of Santa Ana’s website for more information.