The mother-of-two shot dead by her Illinois state trooper husband in a murder-suicide was trying to divorce him, a friend said.
Amanda Calo, 31, was already separated from her husband Antonio Alvarez, 30, when they were both found dead in a car in Chicago on Monday, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
Calo, a pre-K teacher, was in the middle of her divorce and ready to start a “new chapter,” her childhood friend Kate Garza told the outlet.
The couple, who had two young children together, were having issues, and Calo had told her family she was leaving her husband, unnamed relatives told local TV station WLS.
It wasn’t immediately clear how long they had been married.
Authorities were alerted to the murder-suicide after a witness spotted the couple’s bodies inside the car on Monday afternoon.
The Cook County Medical Examiner said Calo and Alvarez both sustained gunshot wounds to the head.
The gun was found in the vehicle, according to authorities.
Alvarez, who was a three-year veteran with the state police department, was off duty at the time.
In addition to being a teacher, Calo mentored children in her East Side neighborhood and worked with the violence prevention group Safe Kids Chicago.
“She helped mentor kids on the wrong path,” her godmother, Susan Sadlowski-Garza, said. “Everyone loved Amanda.”
“She was the most amazing young woman. … Her laugh was infectious.”
The couple are survived by their two children — a 4-year-old boy, Eli, and a 1-year-old girl, Myla.