Upon arriving at the home Wednesday, police were forced to break in and found Connie Villa standing in the apartment with what appeared to be self-inflicted stab wounds to her torso, a knife in her hand and the three young children at her side.
The 13-year-old was found dead during a search of the home.
Connie Villa had apparently enticed her ex-husband to come by intending to kill him, too, Anderson said.
“He was lured to the apartment, under what pretense we don’t know yet, but we don’t have any indication he had any fear of going over there,” Anderson added.
The three surviving children have been placed by Child Protective Service’s with Adam Villa’s family. He was not the father of the 13-year-old, police said.
“She was a gentle, kind and beautiful spirit who was taken from us too soon,” family members of Aniarael Macias said in a statement.
In 2006, happier times seemed apparent in the Villa household as Adam Villa returned from a one-year deployment to Iraq with the Arizona Army National Guard.
When he stepped off the plane upon his return, Connie Villa broke into tears.
“Just to know he’s safe and in one piece, just to smell him,” she told The Arizona Republic at the time. “I just want to be normal again and have a family.”