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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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