Mother shot by ex-partner in Costa Blanca dies in hospital

Elda Hospital

THE 28-year-old mother shot by her ex-partner as she picked up their son from his Elda school, has died in hospital.

Jessyca Bravo and the boy, aged three, were already in the car, ready to return home to Monforte, when her former partner reached inside the vehicle and shot her five times.

He then took the car, drove it into a wall and shot himself.


Jessyca was already in a coma when she was admitted to Elda Hospital’s intensive care unit where she died 24 hours later.

Three years ago she lodged a formal complaint against her ex-partner but later refused to testify against him in an Alicante court which acquitted him.

Last year he was sentenced to 40 days’ community work for gender violence.

He was due to appear in court the day after the shooting for a fast-track trial after insulting her, demanding that she hand over their son and threatening to kill her, witnesses said later.

He was detained minutes later by the Guardia Civil and issued with a restraining order but a day before the shooting Jessyca complained to the police that he had attempted to contact her twice through intermediaries. Although initially detained, he was later released and killed her the next day.

Forty-four women have now lost their lives at the hands of partners in Spain this year, five of them in the Valencian Community.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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