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Search continues for husband who allegedly killed wife

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PHOENIX -

Police are searching for a man who allegedly killed his wife during an argument at their home near 75th Avenue and Indian School Road.

This couple had been married less than two years and recently welcomed their first child.

The victim's family says at first, the couple's relationship seemed okay, but over time, it became violent.

"Something like this was going to happen.. we didn't think it was going to get to this," said Brenda Diaz, a cousin of the victim, 21-year-old Sandra Perez.

On Sunday at about 7 p.m., police found Perez shot in her home.  She had been in an argument with her 23-year-old husband, Ismael Perez-Barraza.

Authorities say at some point, Barraza opened fire and took off from the scene.  Sandra was transported to an area hospital and declared dead.

"When we first knew him, he was a good person.  I am not sure what made him change, but once they got married, he had no contact with us.  He was very distant," said Diaz.

Over the past 18 months, the victim's family says they noticed signs of abuse.

"A lot of times, I would tell her that a violent man with weapons.. if he didn't kill himself first, he would end killing her and she never listened to me," said Sandra's father, Oscar Lopez.

As police search for Barraza, the couple's child is now in the care of the victim's family.

"She was full of life.  She was happy with her brand new baby.  She was a beautiful person inside and out," said Diaz.

Perez-Barraza is described as a Hispanic male, about 185 pounds, 5' 9" and was last seen wearing all black clothing.  He's reportedly driving a 2006 green Nissan Titan pickup truck with the Arizona license plate 520WTC.

"This person is armed and dangerous. We know it is the husband and we have people who are here who observed the incident and he is outstanding and we're currently working on trying to get him," said Phoenix Police Lt. Michael Rivera.

If you have any information about this case, call Silent Witness.  You can remain anonymous and receive a cash award for tips leading to an arrest or indictment.

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