Family mourning tragedy, but united with strength

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Police say she shot one woman then turned the gun on herself, and now, a suspected killer has died. Alice Aguilar, 47, died Wednesday morning at a Tyler hospital.

Police say Aguilar shot herself after killing Socorro Nunez, 70, at a home in north Tyler.

It is news that no child wants to hear: their mother shot and killed inside her home. Socorro Nunez's daughters remember their mother's strength.

"I know that when that happened to her, even though she died like that, I know she was not a coward," said Karla Ponce-Nunez, Socorro's daughter. "She must have been frightened but I know she was strong."

The alleged shooter, Alice Aguilar, was a family friend and tenant of Nunez's home. While the motive remains unclear, both families remain in disbelief.

"I never thought she'd be killed like that," said Ponce-Nunez.

She says her mother immigrated to Tyler from Mexico with her six children.

"My mom's sisters were here already and they wanted to help her - come over here for the American dream," said Ponce-Nunez. "She worked like three jobs to put food on the table because it was her and six children."

Nunez leaves behind her six children, 21 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

"Even though she is not here, you will see us here when it's Mother's Day, when it's her birthday, that's what she would have wanted," said Ponce-Nunez. "She always wanted family to be together."

Described as a smart, firm woman, Ponce-Nunez says it is her mom's strength that will help the family move forward.

"We have to stay united and we have to be strong like the strong woman that she was," she said.

Alice Aguilar's family said their mother had been diagnosed as bi-polar and schizophrenic. They said she and Nunez had been arguing recently.

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