Family and friends of a murdered Methuen, Massachusetts, woman gathered on Monday night for a vigil to denounce domestic violence.
Wanda Rosa was found strangled to death in her apartment last week. The 29-year-old's estranged boyfriend and father of her 5-year-old son, Emilio DeLarosa, 32, is wanted in connection with her death.
"I thought I could love the hate out of him, move," words written by Rosa herself just days before she was murdered, were read at the vigil.
DeLarosa has a history of domestic violence and served time for attempted murder for an incident involving Rosa.
"She always said it, she always knew it," said Eduardo Rosa, brother of Wanda. "And I used to tell her off about it saying, 'don't think like that because you're not supposed to think like that.'"
Rosa had a restraining order against DeLarosa but asked that it be lifted so that they could spend some time together as a family.
"Wanda meant a lot to us, a great person, a great friend and an even better mother and that's exactly what she was trying to do for her son was to provide," said a friend at the vigil.
Rosa's loved ones say they wished they had done more and said more.