Mom's 'Bad Feeling' Turns to Despair 5 Years After Knowing Daughter's Boyfriend Was Hitting Her

| JAN 10, 2017 | 9:30 PM

Just one day after Christmas, Diana Rios's body was found at an abandoned apartment complex.

A contractor on the site made the gruesome discovery.

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Diana Rios was just 24 years old when she was reportedly strangled to death. The mother of two was also 20 weeks pregnant.

Rios's mother, Melissa Macias, tells Las Vegas's Fox 5 that as soon as she heard something had happened to her daughter, she knew who was to blame:

“As soon as they told me something bad had happened to my daughter, I knew it was him.”

At the center of the investigation is Rios's boyfriend of five years, Salvador Gonzalez, 24. According to Fox 5, Gonzalez has been arrested for open murder.

Rios's grandmother, Domitilia Salcido, tells News 3 that police informed her that Gonzalez was the number one suspect in the case because he was “always hurting” Rios.

Rios's mother explains to Fox 5 that she knew her daughter was suffering in an abusive relationship. She says the hitting began five years ago, but that for the sake of her and Gonzalez's 1-year-old and 3-year-old children, Rios continued to stay. She says of her Rios's decision:

“I think it's because of the children. I think she wanted to have a family. That's all she wanted.”

Macias says she had a bad feeling about her daughter's relationship when the hitting began, but that she couldn't get her daughter to stay away from her abuser:

“I warned my daughter many times that an abusive relationship could end this way, or the other way around.”

Sadly, after the gut feeling about her daughter's relationship proved to be right, Macias tells KTNV that her feelings are now that of “anger, sadness, despair, helplessness.”

The most recent information reported by the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence states that in just three months alone in 2016, over 150 pregnant women were victims of domestic abuse.

Domestic violence can happen anywhere and to anyone. In a separate incident, a domestic abuse case in Maryland recently made headlines when a scared girlfriend called her dad after a fight with her boyfriend. When the woman returned to the home with her parents and police deputies, her boyfriend was waiting for her. He perished in an exchange of gunfire with police, leaving a sheriff's deputy in critical condition.

If someone you trust thinks you might be experiencing domestic violence, or you know somebody who is, the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) can help develop a safety plan to protect you and your family.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Rios's funeral expenses and children.