Husband and ex-wife murdered 2 years apart - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Husband and ex-wife murdered 2 years apart


Doctor Joseph Sonnier left behind three sons when he was murdered Wednesday, but the family is still mourning the loss of his ex wife, 55-year-old Becky Gallegos, who was murdered exactly two years ago on July 12, 2010.

Sonnier's former sister in law, Cindy Kahre, said she still considered Sonnier a dear friend, despite the divorce.

On July 12, 2010, the Gillespie County Sheriff's Office received a call around 7:40 a.m. that someone had been shot at a home in the 1800 block of Reeh Road, northwest of Fredericksburg.

Becky Gallegos was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, 62-year-old Fermin Juan Gallegos was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he later died. Gillespie County Sheriff's Department investigators believe Mr. Gallegos fatally shot his wife and their dog, called 911 to report the shooting, and then turned the gun on himself. They said the motive for the shooting appeared to stem from some sort of marital dispute.

Kahre said, "it's a shock to all of us; my heart goes out to my nephews. It's unthinkable for everyone. There are no words to describe what everyone must be going through."

Sonnier and Becky divorced in Dallas, October 2001.

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