37-year-old Andrea Washington was found dead in her Jacksonville, Florida home early Monday morning. Washington was a 19-year career Naval officer who had just been promoted on this past Friday. She was also the mother of three children.
Right now, the Jacksonville Police Department aren't saying much about the cause of death, or if they have any suspects but, a recent filing for a protection order may lead to a clue.
According to First Coast News:
"About two weeks ago, a Duval County judge granted Washington a protective order because of domestic violence at her home.
According to the Sept. 4 order Washington reported days earlier that she was pushed to the floor of her home, kicked in the stomach, chased and had a gun pulled on her by a man she was living with. She said the fight occurred because she asked the man if he was going to help pay the household bills. The man also reportedly kicked a hole in her bedroom and closet door, destroyed her iPad and took her keys to her vehicle and mailbox, according to court documents.
Washington was supposed to appear in court regarding the protective order Monday, according to the documents."
"According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, first responders were called to a medical emergency. When officers arrived, they found someone dead inside the home. Based on initial observations, police said the death was not from natural causes."
All of the details in this case are pretty vague due to the nature of the crime and the occupation of the victim. Some reports are saying that Ms. Washington was due in court this week while others say that she was set to deploy on Wednesday.
Whatever the case, three children are without their mother and a murderer is on the loose.
If you find yourself or a loved one in a domestic violence situation please don't hesitate to seek help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is always available to help and can be reached by calling 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224. Share this information, it could save a life.