AZ: Woman feared for herself and child before murder-suicide. He also killed the maternal grandma.


Note: Cross posted from [wp angelfury] Whos Killing Families?.



 The victim in this case applied for protection to leave with her child, but was ordered to counseling with her killer.


Peoria mother, daughter died from gunshot wounds

by Mike Watkiss

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Updated yesterday at 4:54 PM

UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 19

PEORIA -- According to the County Medical Examiner's Office, Dawn Axsom and her mother, Lisa Braden, suffered gunshot wounds. Their deaths have been ruled homicides.

The office also says Gabriel Schwartz shot and killed himself.


PEORIA -- The Peoria Police Department is investigating the deaths of three adults near 75th Avenue and Cholla Street.

Dawn Axsom, 26, lives at the home with her 2-year-old son and mother, Lisa Braden, 56.

Axsom did not show up for work Friday morning and co-workers became concerned.

Axsom reportedly has had ongoing problems with her estranged boyfriend, Gabriel Schwartz, 28. She had filed an order of protection against him last month.

The couple had also been fighting over custody and child support of their son.

One of her co-workers lived a few houses down and went to Axsom's home to check on her. She heard the child crying, but no one answered the door.
When police arrived they found Axsom, Braden and Schwartz dead. The child was unharmed.

Police are awaiting autopsy results.

The victim in this case applied for protection to leave with her child, but was ordered to counseling with her killer.


Maricopa County is appearing frequently in the news with these terrible court cases, much like certain FL and CAL counties.



Woman feared for herself and child before murder-suicide.

Peoria woman later killed in apparent murder-suicide

by Dustin Gardiner - Oct. 20, 2009 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

A Peoria mother whose body was found Friday had recently tried to leave Arizona after receiving threats from her apparent slayer, but a judge denied her request, court records show.

Two weeks before she was killed, Dawn Axsom pleaded with Judge Jose Padilla of Maricopa County Superior Court to let her leave Arizona with her son because she feared Gabriel Schwartz, the toddler's father, would harm her or their boy.

Padilla denied the 26-year-old's request and ordered the pair to attend parental counseling together.

Axsom's body was found in her Peoria residence Friday. Police also found the bodies of Schwartz, 28, and Lisa Braden, 56, Axsom's mother.

Schwartz is suspected of shooting and killing both women before turning the gun on himself, Peoria police spokesman Mike Tellef said Monday.

Tellef said the violence likely began in the downstairs kitchen, where Schwartz shot Braden. Then, Schwartz went

upstairs, shooting Axsom in the master bathroom and killing himself in a bedroom.

Police discovered the grisly scene at about 10 a.m. Friday after Axsom didn't show up for work and a friend and the friend's mother went to the home, located in the 7400 block of West Sierra Street, to check on her.

When the friend knocked on the door, she heard Axsom and Schwartz's nearly 2-year-old boy crying upstairs.

The woman called police, who arrived and found the child unharmed inside his crib.

"When the officer took the baby outside, he covered (the child's) eyes so he couldn't see anything," Tellef said, recounting the scene.

Friends and co-workers who gathered outside Axsom's residence Friday said she was having ongoing custody problems with Schwartz and expressed frustration that the court system wouldn't let her leave Arizona when she knew Schwartz might harm her.

Court records show Padilla granted Axsom a protective order against Schwartz four days before the Oct. 6 hearing where he ordered her to attend parental counseling with him and denied her request to relocate to Maryland with the pair's son.

Axsom's son was placed into the custody of state Child Protective Services.