A Virginia woman who gained attention on social media for publicly mourning her husband's death has now been charged with his murder.
Eric LaRocque, from Vienna, Virginia, was found dead from bullet wounds in July 2015. LaRocque's death led to an outpouring of social media sympathy for his widow, Kim Pham LaRocque, who started a crowdfunding campaign that took in more than $12,000 for the couple's young children, according to the Daily Mail.
After Eric's death, Kim, 35, posted a photo of a button with his initials and the words "Forever in our hearts," on her Facebook. Friends and family on social media expressed their sympathy for the widow.
An investigation by police found a handgun, bullets, and bloody sheets in the couple's bedroom. Investigators confirmed the death as a homicide in August 2015.
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"Investigations determined there was a domestic incident. Somehow it led to a 35-year-old woman killing her 33-year-old husband," said Fairfax County police Officer Tawny Wright, according to New York Daily News.
Kim, who works at Fanny Mae, met Eric at Virginia Tech, where the couple had both studied. Eric, 33, worked as an engineer. The couple married in 2010 and had a daughter and a son.
"He was the most talented, confident and inspiring person I have met in my life," said Eric's co-worker, Vel Subramanian said at the time of Eric's death.
"He was professionally talented, but as a person he always wanted to help people whom he knew and he was respected by everyone he knew," Subramanian added. "I will truly miss my friend Eric and my thoughts and prayers are with the family."
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Eric's friend John Meconi added, "I am so sorry for the loss of a great man. Words cannot express my sadness."
Kim was arrested in connection with the murder in May 2016. She has been charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm to commit a felony. She is in jail and has been denied bail. Investigators have not revealed a motive.