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By Rampart Stonebridge, updated on July 3, 2023

California mother murdered - Children reportedly present

In a horrifying incident, a California mother was brutally stabbed to death in her own home, in the presence of her young children, allegedly by a man against whom she had a restraining order.

The victim, identified as 30-year-old Eleni Tavau, was found by police officers in her Salinas home, suffering from multiple stab wounds. The officers arrived at the scene to find Tavau unresponsive, with her two toddler-aged children present, according to the Salinas Police Department.

Despite being gravely injured, Tavau was still alive when she was rushed to a hospital. However, she was later pronounced dead, leaving behind three children.

Investigation Leads to a Shocking Revelation

Tavau, a caring and loving mother, had a Facebook cover photo displaying the quote, "Love yourself first." Her family would want the deceased to be remembered by her outpouring of love, rather than the horrible tragedy.

A KRON4 report states that a GoFundMe page set up by Tavau's family reads, "My sister Eleni Tavau was stabbed to death by her kids' father. She left behind 3 beautiful children. Our goal is to give her a proper burial back home in Samoa."

As the investigation unfolded, it was revealed that Tavau had a restraining order against 32-year-old Rodrigo Bravo. Bravo, who is the father of Tavau's young children, was identified by her family members.

Suspect Turns Himself In

In a surprising turn of events, Bravo turned himself into the Salinas Police Department and confessed to killing Tavau. He was promptly arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail on charges of murder, felony child endangerment, violating a domestic violence restraining order, and probation violation.

The child endangerment charge was added because the toddlers were at home with their mother when she was killed. As of Wednesday afternoon, Bravo remained behind bars in lieu of $1 million bail.

The Salinas Police Department has stated that its investigation into the case is still ongoing. They have encouraged anyone with information regarding this homicide to come forward.

Facebook News Release

The Salina Police Department posted the following message to the community, outlining exactly what had happened:

HOMICIDE ON NATIVIDAD RD - On Sunday, June 25, 2023, at approximately 3:00 pm, Salinas Police Officers responded to a victim of a stabbing in the under 100 block of Natividad Rd. On arrival, they located Eleni Tavau (30), who had been stabbed multiple times and was unresponsive. Her two toddler-aged children were present when officers arrived. Officers rendered medical aid to Tavau before she was transported in grave condition to a local hospital, where she died of her injuries.
Officers and investigators remained on scene, interviewed witnesses, and followed up on leads. At approximately 5:30 pm, Rodrigo Bravo (32) turned himself in at the Salinas Police Department where he was arrested and lodged in county jail for the murder of Eleni Tavau. He was also charged with felony child endangerment, violation of probation and violation of a domestic violence restraining order.
This is still an active investigation with the Salinas Police Detectives. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Pete Gomez at 831-758-7162. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call the Salinas Police Department anonymous tip line at 831-775-4222.

A Community in Shock

The brutal murder of Eleni Tavau has left the community in shock and mourning. The tragic incident highlights the grim reality of domestic violence and its devastating consequences.

As the investigation continues, the community waits for justice for Eleni and her children. Meanwhile, her family is left to grapple with the loss of a loved one and the task of caring for her three young children.

The Salinas Police Department's Detective Pete Gomez is leading the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this homicide is encouraged to contact him at 831-758-7162.

Conclusion

  • A California mother, Eleni Tavau, was brutally stabbed to death in her own home, allegedly by Rodrigo Bravo, the father of her children.
  • Tavau had a restraining order against Bravo, who later turned himself in and confessed to the murder.
  • Bravo is currently in jail, facing charges of murder, felony child endangerment, violating a domestic violence restraining order, and probation violation.
  • The incident has left the community in shock, highlighting the grim reality of domestic violence.
  • The investigation into the case is still ongoing, with the Salinas Police Department urging anyone with information to come forward.

Please share this article on Twitter and Facebook to raise awareness about the devastating consequences of domestic violence.

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Written By: Rampart Stonebridge

I'm Rampart Stonebridge, a curious and passionate writer who can't get enough of true crime. As a criminal investigative journalist, I put on my detective hat, delving deep into each case to reveal the hidden truths. My mission? To share engaging stories and shed light on the complexities of our mysterious world, all while satisfying your curiosity about the intriguing realm of true crime.

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