Mother of 3 Girls Slain by Father at Sacramento Church Advocates for SB 616 “Piqui’s Law”

The mother of the three children fatally shot by their father at a church in Arden-Arcade on Feb. 28, 2022 spoke publicly for the first time Monday, June 27th.

Ileana Gutiérrez shared her thoughts at a news conference in favor of state Senator Susan Rubio’s (D-Baldwin Park) Senate Bill 616, or “Piqui’s Law,” which aims to protect children from domestic violence as parents separate and divorce.

This bill could have saved Gutiérrez’ daughters, Rubio said, had it been law at the time.

“In this particular case, the mother of those three little girls had gone to the judge and had shown evidence of escalating behavior,” she said. “The fact that the evidence is being ignored is what we’re dealing with here…(The girls’ father) himself said ‘I have mental health issues. I don’t feel that I am safe around my children.’ And they still allowed him to see his children.”

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