A PREGNANT wife who was "stabbed to death by her active-duty Marine husband" had sent photos to her mother allegedly showing injuries she claimed had been inflicted by her husband.
Dana Alotaibi, 27, was stabbed multiple times on the H-3 highway after an apparent fight with her ex-husband, Bryant Tejada Castillo on July 20, according to police in the state.
Now, Dana's mother, Natalia Cespedes, is speaking out about the alleged domestic violence her daughter was a victim of.
She told NBC News: "She sent me pictures with all this bruise on her body."
The photo shows Dana wearing a bathroom towel covering her chest and abdomen, but dark marks are seen on several parts of her bare upper chest.
At the time, Dana's mother said she advised her daughter to report Tejada-Castillo to his command and police.
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The ex-couple had been married for nearly three years, but had been granted a divorce in November last year.
While Dana was able to get the military-version of a restraining order after speaking out about the alleged violence, her mother said she is disappointed more wasn't done to protect her.
"Probably because she's a woman, they don't care, or she looked like crazy so they don't care," Cespedes claimed.
Now that her daughter is gone, she is turning to the military for answers, and help.
"I feel nobody wants to help, nobody want to say nothing."
This comes after a video uploaded on Dana's Youtube channel purportedly shows her crying while she is on the phone with the National Suicide Prevention hotline.
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On the call, she alleges the Military did nothing after she reported multiple cases of violence from her husband.
She told the hotline: "It is haunting me all the incidents where he hit me and done horrible things to me."
"Even when I reached out for help, like nothing was done at all. And I'm thinking what can I do? Why is he so untouchable?"
Following the alleged stabbing at 6:18pm, Tejada-Castillo fled into nearby woods after he was confronted by other drivers, where he stabbed himself before being confronted by police.
The Marine was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries. Alotaibi, who was three months pregnant, was also taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 8:31pm.
Homicide Lt. Deena Thoemmes said in a press conference last Thursday that the couple had been "dealing with marital issues".
Cespedes travelled from Virginia to Oahu on Saturday to meet with Honolulu police about the investigation, and bring her daughter home.
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Tejada-Castillo, 29, was arrested on a second degree murder charge on July 20, according to arrest records.
A Marine Corps spokesperson told NBC News Saturday that Tejeda-Castillo "is currently in the custody of the Honolulu Police Department as their investigation continues."
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or chat at thehotline.org.
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