Teen Domestic Violence Victim Took All the Right Steps

A teenage victim of domestic violence lost her life in Poinciana despite, records show, doing everything right. The young mother, a high school senior, feared the child’s father and, with the help of family, did everything she could to eliminate contact with the young man.

According to reports, the teen was killed by her estranged boyfriend just two weeks before graduation. In the years leading up to the incident, the teenager and her mother filed several reports of domestic violence against the man. It has also been shown that they avoided communication with him.

In September 2016, the young man slashed the teen’s tires in the parking lot of her high school and returned to set the car on fire. When officers responded, the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames. The tires had been slashed on September 2 and the vehicle left in the parking lot. Two days later, her car was destroyed. As a result of that incident, the man was charged with aggravated stalking and arson.

The man persisted in his attempts to develop a relationship with the teenager, despite her telling him that she had no desire to do so. He repeatedly texted her, posted to her social media accounts and showed up at her house. Due to the man’s behaviors, the teen and her family began to fear for their safety. They secured a domestic violence injunction, preventing the man from making contact. Unfortunately, the injunction was just a piece of paper and easily violated.

If you are the victim of domestic violence in Orlando, we are here to assist you in securing your safety. Reach out to our team for a free consultation and learn how we can help you.

About the Author
Andrew Nickolaou, Esq., B.C.S., is a founding partner at Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou, P.A. He practices almost exclusively in divorce, marital and family law. Andrew and his partner, Ophelia Bernal-Mora, Esq., B.C.S., joined forces in March 2016 to form the unique and boutique husband and wife family law team at Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou, P.A. Together, Andrew and Ophelia take a practical and team-based approach to all of their cases and clients to deliver the highest quality experience and representation.