If we all pull together, perhaps we can save the next wife, mother, sister, brother, daughter or child, and the next.Located between Kerry Ingredients and Birstwith Primary School.Nikki was clear with us all about how dangerous she thought Ian was and we believed her.She sought and was given the all the protection the court has to offer.I am the Multnomah County Circuit Court judge who has been presiding over Ian and Nikki Elias' highly contentious custody and parenting-time case. Nikki Elias was a smart, articulate, hard-working, loving mother to her two children.
" Nikki Elias, and thousands of others like her who end up dead at the hands of their abusers in this country every year, did leave.
10, Ian Elias kicked in the door of the home of his ex-wife, Nicolette Elias, and shot her to death with a handgun.
He took their two young daughters to his home where he ultimately stepped out into the back yard and shot himself in the head in front of police.
She did everything we like to think of as "right" to protect herself and her children from Ian's abuse. The grim reality is that when an abuser wants to murder his intimate partner, he'll likely find a way to do it.
As a professional who has fought the good fight against domestic violence throughout my 27-year career, first as a prosecutor and now as a judge, it's hard not to give up in despair.