Augustina "Tina" Soto's family has barely had time to cope with her shooting death earlier this week.
Yet when talking about the 25-year-old mother of three Friday afternoon, family members also expressed concern for others who find themselves in the kind of domestic violence relationships Soto was unable to escape.
"For the women in her situation, please get out," her mother, Theresa Soto, implored at a news conference set up by the nonprofit group Homicide Survivors.
Theresa Soto is tasked with burying her daughter and raising her three granddaughters - ages 4, 5 and 6.
Tina Soto was shot to death Tuesday night as she sat in a car on Tucson's south side. In the car with her were sister, Avita Soto, who was injured in the shooting, and two of Tina Soto's children, who were not physically harmed.
The suspect in the slaying is Soto's longtime boyfriend and the father of her three children, Stephen J. Malone, 29. He was arrested in California the day after the shooting and is awaiting extradition in a Los Angeles jail.
The family did not go into details about Tina Soto's relationship with Malone.
In 2010, Malone pleaded guilty in connection with a 2008 drive-by shooting that targeted two of Tina Soto's sisters, according to court records. He was sentenced to six months in jail and two years' probation.
Tina Soto's family is opening her memorial service to the public. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St.
They will have two car washes this weekend to raise funds for the care of the children and for family expenses.
• Today's car wash will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Irvington Road and South Seventh Avenue.
• Sunday's car wash will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. behind the Safeway at East Broadway and South Kino Parkway.
Donations for the family also can be made through Homicide Survivors Inc., 32 N. Stone Ave., Suite 1408, Tucson, 85701; or into the Homicide Survivors account ending with 29 at any Chase Bank.
Reference the Soto family when making donations.
"For the women in her situation, please get out."
Theresa Soto, Augustina "Tina" Soto's mother
Contact reporter Kimberly Matas at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 573-4191.