A 23-year-old Fort Mill woman found dead this week in a hospital parking lot had filed a restraining order against the man accused of murdering her.
Virginia Yvonne Sanchez filed a restraining order against 26-year-old Jesus Alcocer Rangel last year, said Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson of the 16th Circuit Solicitor's Office.
The restraining order, triggered by damage to Sanchez's vehicle, was later withdrawn, he said.
Sanchez was found dead last Wednesday in her car in the parking lot of Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, N.C., where she had worked as a nurse's assistant since December. The Rock Hill native attended Lancaster High School before becoming a nurse and moving to Fort Mill.
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Authorities believe she was strangled to death on Wednesday night, April 16.
Charged with her murder is Rangel, of 1129 Springdale Road, Apt. 108, Pineville Police Chief Rob Merchant said. Rangel remained in jail Monday night.
As she grieved over the loss, Yvonne Leon talked about her daughter's life.
"She was a good person," Leon said. "She didn't deserve what happened."
Sanchez's death also stunned her co-workers at CMC-Pineville.
"She was our Two-West angel," said Denise Kowalski, Sanchez's supervisor, referring to the floor she worked on. "She had so much compassion in everything she did. She captured our hearts."
Sanchez acted differently shortly before her death, Kowalski said.
"She was very quiet that day," Kowalski recalled. "She had a headache. She even ate (lunch) by herself. She's never done that before."
Sanchez bonded with cardiac patients and co-workers, but for some reason, she declined to shop with them Wednesday. "She didn't want to go, and that shocked us," Kowalski said.
The woman, who nurtured two toddler sons and made plans to become a nurse, worked that day from 6:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Then things changed.
"At some point, she encountered Jesus (the suspect)," Merchant said. "We know there was some friction."
Added the chief: "It looked like she had been driving and ended up face down in the floor board area of the vehicle. It looked like she had been in a struggle."
A nurse alerted security after spotting a man leaning inside a car in the employee parking lot.
On Thursday, Rangel turned himself in at the Rock Hill Police Department. Rangel told authorities he was wanted in Pineville, where he was later taken.
While a motive is undetermined, police believe Sanchez knew Rangel.
"They were acquaintances because Jesus had been a friend of her husband," Merchant said. "Somehow, there became a disagreement."
Rangel's wife used to provide child care for Sanchez's children while their parents worked, but sometimes the couple picked up the children late, he said.
"That caused some friction," he said. "We believe that that's part of the situation."
Rangel does not have a criminal history in South Carolina, according to state records. Three reports filed by Sanchez at the Fort Mill Police Department in March 2007 and July 2007 note that Sanchez's van was vandalized, "and she believes the suspect to be Jesus Rangel."
Kowalski said Sanchez never complained about any problems. Her family tells a different story. Relatives contend Rangel slashed and scratched Sanchez's van, so she parked it at her mother's home.
"They were parking it here because of all the harassment they were going through," added Sanchez's stepfather, Frank Leon.
Yvonne Leon said there were other clues.
"She moved from the apartment she was living in to a different set of apartments so he wouldn't know where they lived," she said.
But Sanchez was briefly at peace once she started working at the hospital, Frank Leon said.
"She felt safe for a while because he didn't know where she worked," he said. "[Then] he found out."
Sanchez's hospital family attended her funeral Sunday at Westerly Hills Baptist Church dressed in nurse uniforms.
"Because she loved the uniform," Kowalski said. "It meant so much to her that she was on her way to becoming a nurse."