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Arrest made in suspicious Town of Tonawanda death

Posted at 11:49 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 18:27:46-04

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — A 51-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of a 49-year-old woman from the Town of Tonawanda.

Prosecutors say Mario Turner has been arrested for criminally negligent homicide and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say he shot his 49-year-old wife Renee Taschetta. She was found dead at 59 Dumas Place in Tonawanda Tuesday night.

He is due back in court Monday.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says police had been called to the home multiple times for domestic violence related issues.

Mary Murphy with the Family Justice Center says these deaths are preventable, and help is out there.

"It devestates us, it horrifies us," she said of Taschetta's death. "We want people to know this is preventable."

Murphy says often times, when a person is in an abusive relationship they are mentally, physically and psychologically exhausted. It's important for loved ones to recognize the signs and seek help for that person.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the Family Justice Center of Erie County at 716-558-SAFE (7233)