Domestic violence victim shared fears for her life on her social media accounts
LAS VEGAS (KSNV and The CW Las Vegas) —
Stella Martinez posted predictions about her future on Facebook, but they weren't posts one might expect.
Martinez’ sister-in-law, Jessica Avras, said Martinez’s posts on social media described what a nightmare she was in, and talked about how she couldn't go to the police because they didn't help her when she had gone in the past.
Martinez also posted that her former boyfriend, Christopher Wood, was going to kill her.
Wood is now in jail, suspected in her death. Martinez said she tried to get away from him multiple times, but he always found her and hacked her phone, according to Avras.
Avras said she even put her sister-in-law’s phone on her account so Wood could not get access to it.
The Avrases spent the day planning her funeral; she will be laid to rest on Saturday. Avras said the progress has been slow since she was allegedly choked by Wood. She died three weeks after the incident.
"It's been a long month," Avras said.
Safe Nest's Hannah Brook explains why social media can be dangerous. Domestic abuse victims may unintentionally lead their abuser to information especially when they try to leave.
"If somebody wants to find you they will. And sometimes it's more than turning off all your locations setting on your phone," Brook said.
Brook further explained that perpetrators can sometimes get information out of people victims don't realize and may give up information they didn’t intend to give away.
As the Avras family moves forward they think about what they'd want others to know.
"As a family, you really have to regroup with that person and give them all the support that they need," Avras said.
Click here for a link to the family’s Go Fund Me page for funeral expenses.