LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) - The young woman shot to death Wednesday night was abused but felt trapped into staying with the man accused of ending her life, a relative and friends said Friday.
Desiray Schiffli's alleged killer also surfaced Friday appearing for arraignment in Magistrate Court in Los Lunas.
Joseph Bibiano is being held on a $1 million cash bond and faces a charge of first-degree murder.
Several people told KRQE News 13 Schiffli, 18, claimed she had recently been kicked out of her house and was likely scared of Bibiano even though she stayed with him.
"She was too young, she didn't deserve any of this at all," Gloria Ramos, the victim's cousin, said.
Schiffli's family is grieving after detectives said she was shot in the head by her 19-year-old boyfriend.
Her body was found Wednesday night in the couple's Los Lunas apartment after someone called 911 saying they'd seen the body and that Bibiano had admitted the shooting.
Bibiano surrendered to offices the next afternoon and as he was being taken to jail apologized for her death, which he claimed was an accident.
"I'm sorry! I (expletive) loved her!" Bibiano shouted to reporters. http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/suspicious-death-investigated-in-los-lunas
"For him to say that he loves her, he didn't love her that much for him to kill her, and it's sad," said Ramos.
Schiffli's cousin said she never met Bibiano, a self-proclaimed gang member, but she'd heard the couple's relationship was violent.
"When she would come telling me about him hitting her I would try to be there and like that's not something you want to go back to," Ramos continued. "But deep down inside she was always saying she cared for him and she loved him, and I think that's the reason why she went back."
Ramos and others said Schiffli told them she'd been kicked out of her parents' house, had no where else to go and that they hadn't heard from her in a few weeks.
"Then all of a sudden we get a phone call and a text telling us she's gone like that," said Tiffany De La Cruz, Schiffli's friend. "It's horrible. She didn't deserve that. She was too young
Ramos said Schiffli kept much of her stormy relationship with Bibiano to herself, but that when she was on her own, she was an upbeat person.
"She had a good personality. She was always fun and caring," recalled Ramos.
Those that tried to help when Bibiano appeared violent said they didn't exactly know how to help effectively and that Schiffli would often defend Bibiano.
"I know it's real, but I don't want to believe that she's actually gone," Ramos said. "And deep down inside it just hurts me knowing that I'm never going to see her again."
After Bibiano's court appearance Friday the judge said Bibiano told him pretty much the same thing he told reporters, that it was all an accident.
Schiffli's friends and family are planning a fundraising car wash Saturday in Los Lunas to help raise funds for her funeral and family. It's scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parking lot of Premier Home Furnishings, 1044 S. Main Street.
Earlier coverage Friday:
The man Valencia County deputies say killed his girlfriend on Wednesday night appeared before a judge in Los Lunas Friday.
Joseph Bibiano, 19, was arraigned in Magistrate Court on a charge of first-degree murder. He is being held under a $1 million cash bond.
Deputies say Bibiano shot his girlfriend, Desiray Nichole Schiffli, 18, at the apartment they shared in Los Lunas.
A person who saw the body at the apartment Wednesday night called 911 and said Bibiano admitted killing her.
Bibiano surrendered Thursday , and as he was being to jail told reporters he was sorry, loved his girlfriend and that the shooting was accidental.
"She was hitting me with the gun in my hand," he said.
Bibiano claimed the blood on his T-shirt was caused by his own bloody nose.
Neighbors told KRQE News 13 the couple had been together about three months and often could be heard fighting.
"We hear her screaming for help asking for help saying that he's hitting her and everything," Timothy Gurulé said. "One time we had like stopped him and everything, and she started yelling at us saying 'I didn't ask you for help or anything like that.'"
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