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Police still looking for man accused in brutal W. Columbia homicide

Yadira Rodriguez  (source: Nancy Rodriguez) Yadira Rodriguez (source: Nancy Rodriguez)
Yadira Rodriguez  (source: Nancy Rodriguez) Yadira Rodriguez (source: Nancy Rodriguez)
Suspect:  Gerardo Villarreal Rodriguez (Source: West Columbia Police Department) Suspect: Gerardo Villarreal Rodriguez (Source: West Columbia Police Department)

WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Police are still looking for a man they say killed his wife and left her body in the street.

West Columbia police say 37-year-old Gerardo Villarreal Rodriguez is on the run after killing Yadira Rodriguez at her home in Monday afternoon. 

Gerardo's truck was found at the Walgreens at the corner of Augusta and Leaphart Roads Monday night.  Police believe Rodriguez was picked up by someone and may be in Columbia, Elgin or in the Raleigh area.

A newly-released incident report says Yadira Rodriguez sought help from deputies weeks before her death.

According to the April 5 report, Yadira Rodriguez said her husband, Gerardo Rodriguez, beat her with a broom.

The report goes on to say Yadira told deputies Gerardo had been beating her for five years and she was finally standing up for herself. She also claimed to be afraid of what her husband might do to her.

Yadira's body was found lying in a pool of blood on Burham Street Monday afternoon. Gerardo has been identified as the suspect in Yadira's murder.

In the incident report, the victim's sister, Nancy Vasquez, said that the victim was stabbed with a kitchen knife numerous times by the suspect. 

Through a translator, Vasquez said her sister had been abused for years.

"He would hit her a lot, he was very abusive and he shook her in front of the kids and abused her sexually whenever he wanted to," said Vasquez.

 

If you have seen Gerardo Rodriguez, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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