Three children are now motherless following a senseless act of domestic violence that claimed the life of their loving mother. According to BET, investigators with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office released details about the tragic death of a 37-year-old female and it has been confirmed that her death “was not from natural causes.” Her death reportedly comes just weeks after she reached out for help because she feared for her life.
According to First Coast News, Andrea Washington filed for a protective order against the man she was living with due to “domestic violence at her home.” At the time, Washington revealed her live-in boyfriend had “had a gun pulled on her by a man she was living with.” The two were said to have been arguing over bills when their previous verbal argument escalated.
As a result of that court hearing, a judge approved the protective order and it should have been a step in the right direction for Washington. But unfortunately, on Monday, September 17, just hours before Washington’s court hearing with her ex – the Jacksonville Police Department made a gruesome discovery when they arrived at her home. The Navy Chief Petty Office and mother of three was found dead. The estranged couple reportedly had a history of domestic violence but it is still unclear what may have led to Washington’s death.
Gone Too Soon:
At age 37, Washington had many notable accomplishments but she still had her whole life ahead of her. During a news interview, Phantom McClendon shared details about Washington’s stellar career in the military and he revealed she’d been pinned for Navy Chief Petty Officer just three days before her body was found. He also revealed the last time he’d personally spoken to her.
“(She) worked hard for 19 years in the military, served her country, had an awesome career,” he said. “She was taken from us so soon, and it really hurts. But at the same time, my concern right now is her boys. The goal of making chief is a major accomplishment and for her to make it after all these years…and the simple fact that she can’t even enjoy it. She couldn’t even go to work in her freshly pressed khaki uniform,” McClendon told First Coast News. “I just sent her a message on Friday right when she got pinned and told her ‘I’m proud of you.’
“It’s still under investigation, so I can’t really speak on it. But, at the same time, though, I hope justice prevails,” Phantom said.
On Tuesday, the Navy also released a statement addressing Washington’s untimely death. The statement was relatively limited as the investigation is still underway. “A sailor assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City was found deceased around midnight Sept. 17,” Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson said. “The death is under investigation by local law enforcement. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family, friends, and shipmates of the sailor.”
Dr. Gail A. Patin, CEO of the domestic abuse shelter, Hubband House, also shared disturbing details about the situation and encouraged other victims to seek help immediately. “To find safety, women, children, and men frequently turn to Hubbard House for help,” Patin said. “Anyone who needs help is urged to call the Hubbard House 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline at 904-354-3114.”5