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Baystate Shooting Victim’s Son Opens Up

Bonafe and IvetteWEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –Jason Nieves was watching the Baystate standoff on the news, when he got a call from his brother.

The story he saw was actually about his mother Ivette getting shot. “I talked to her maybe 2, 3 hours before it  happened, and she had sent us on Facebook smiley faces with the tears saying, you know,  ‘I love you guys, since the minute, you know, I gave birth to you, I love you guys.’ She had a feeling something was going to happen to her,” Nieves said.

After tracing cellphone data, West Springfield police believe that the shooting might have happened in the car on Piper Road. In fact, Jason says his mother didn’t even realize she was shot. Initially thought they’d gotten into a car accident. “It hit her earlobe, went behind her ear, and travelled behind, back of her neck & out her neck. By him taking the long way to the hospital made me think that he was trying to make sure that she was dead before he killed himself,” shared Nieves.

According to Jason Monday’s standoff was the last straw in a long abusive relationship that lasted nearly 20 years. “He took her off of drugs, and that’s one thing I’m grateful for him doing, but I mean he was strict. He was always hitting her, every single time, every single time. He was very jealous. My mom couldn’t talk about any man. Not even my uncle. Not even a kiss. It was ‘Wait ’til I get home, I’m gonna deal with you.’” Nieves recalled.

Jason and his 4 brothers all asked their mother to move in.

When family members tried to intervene, Eddie would fight them too.

It left Ivette to feel as if she had no way out.  “He was telling my mom, ‘I’m gonna get a gun, I’m gonna shoot you, I’m gonna shoot you. It’s been going like that for a good year or 2, and he finally just did it. She stayed with him out of fear.”

Now Jason and the family are grateful Ivette is still alive, and will support her in getting her life back. “She’s going to need counseling. She’s got a lot of family behind her,” Nieves said.

The first step will be trying to get Ivette back to the house she and Eddie shared.

Jason says Eddie used to practice Santeria or witchcraft, and Ivette is scared someone will come back to finish what he started.

Ivette’s sons say she had restraining orders against Eddie in the past, but never kept them in place.

Ivette is expected to be discharged tomorrow.

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  • rdominick

    I hope she does good and it sounds like she has a lot of family behind her I will pray for your family.

  • afern

    my prayers go out to you ivette. i pray for your have a quick recovery. spend quality time with your sons. god bless.. i hope the media really gives you your privacy, you deserve it.

  • prlady39

    I’m glad she survived and has a lot of healing to do ..I hope that women will see her story and take action to get out of an abusive relationship! before they end up losing their life or surviving an ordeal like this woman!THERE IS HELP OUT THERE!! Just take that 1st step in recognizing the abuse you are in !

  • metamagic

    SyOuhe has strength she doesn’t even know, she made it threw the worst and is now a survivor. She has family to back her any way she needs which is more than any professional could offer. I wish her well and a joyous recovery in the creation of her new life. Blessed be sister )0(

  • alpinequeen

    Some people just can’t handle their lives…

  • metamagic

    Well if mental health providers would take people in this instance seriously it would most certainly cut down on crimes of this nature but due to Obama’s new health care laws it prevents most from seeking the right help. I’m a victim of domestic abuse myself so I can already see and feel from this point of view.

  • Nyrebel9

    Sending ivette and her family healing and positive energy for healing and comfort. Brightest Blessings to them. )0(