FBI Agent Charged in Death of Wife in Stafford County

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    An FBI agent was charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the shooting death of his wife three weeks ago.

    Agent Arthur Gonzales called 911 the afternoon of April 19 to report he shot his estranged wife, 42-year-old Julie Serna Gonzales, after she attacked him with a knife in their rural Stafford County home

    When Stafford County deputies arrived, they found her dead. A friend of Gonzales told News4’s Northern Virginia Bureau the mother of two was shot four times -- hit in the head and chest.

    The woman lived near Las Cruces, N.M., before moving to Stafford with her husband and two sons.

    Stafford Fatal Shooting 911 Calls

    [DC] Stafford Fatal Shooting 911 Calls
    Friends of the slain, estranged wife of a Stafford FBI agent are concerned there have not been any charges yet. News4's Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports. (Published Friday, May 3, 2013)

    "We are elated," said Donna Ulibarri-Peralta, a friend from New Mexico, when she learned of the charges.

    Ulibarri-Peralta created a Facebook tribute page called "Julie Strong" to honor her friend’s life.

    "She was such a beautiful person, and anybody who knew Julie, knew what a beautiful person she was. She could make a room light up," said Ulibarri-Peralta.

    She is selling "Julie Strong” wristbands and T-shirts through the Facebook page to raise money to set up a college fund for Gonzales's sons, aged 10 and 12. Ulibarri-Peralta said she and other friends were frustrated that so much time passed without charges. They worried that justice might not be done because Arthur Gonzales is an FBI agent.

    A memorial service was recently held for Gonzales in Triangle, Va. A funeral service was held May 4 in her hometown of Socorro, N.M.

    Follow Julie Carey on Twitter at @JulieCareyNBC