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PAPD names victim's husband a suspect in wife's death
PORT ARTHUR- by Haley Bull
Port Arthur Police are investigating what led to the death of 27-year old Milka Talavera and who is responsible. Officers said the initial call was for a suicide, but when they got to the home in the 2700 block of 9th St., evidence pointed to murder.
"Good mother, good wife," Wallace Mendoza said about his wife. One day after her death, he sat in her SUV, parked in their driveway. "Listen to music, my pain go away," he said.
About 10 p.m. Friday, officers said they got called to the house in the 2700 block of 9th St. for a reported suicide.
"This where my kids," Mendoza said pointing to the outside of their bedroom window. "They start crying. immediately they told me call 911. That's what i did."
Officers said they found Mendoza's wife, 27-year old Milka Talavera, in her bed, holding a gun that belongs to her husband of ten years.
"I think she did it herself," Mendoza said.
Officers said Talavera was dead from a gunshot wound to her head.
"They way it was tangled up with her fingers we do not believe that had she had fired it that it would have wound up that way," Port Arthur Police Sergeant Scott Gaspard said.
Investigators said evidence points to a murder and that Mendoza is a possible suspect.
"Anytime a female dies, a victim of homicide, we have to always look at the husband as a suspect. Statistically the husband is normally the one that does it, so yes he is a suspect, but we have other suspects as well," Gaspard said.
KFDM News asked Mendoza if he killed is wife.
"No I did not," Mendoza said. "Of course not."
Saturday afternoon, Mendoza was alone in the house. Child Protective Services took custody of the couple's three children.
"Bring my kids back to me," Mendoza said. "I never signed no paper saying take my kids away, never."
Now, three children are left without their mother and a husband without his wife.
Investigators said a specialist will interview the children.
A judge has also ordered an autopsy.